This is the second or third time in our set of four courses that I have come across work by Sherri Turkle. I have watched her ted talk, read her opinion based short articles, watched the Front Line story and should most likely read her book. While I do agree with some of her ideas, others are harder for me to swallow – maybe I am one of those people she is speaking about.
According to Loveys (2011), Turkle “claims that the technology is threatening to dominate our lives, making us more isolated and ‘less human’.” Turkle (2012, pg 1) has concerns about families, people at meetings, out for dinner “sitting together, texting, reading email”, spending time together but not really. She claims that
“what I’m seeing is a generation that says consistently, “I
would rather text than make a telephone call.” Why? It’s less risky.
I can just get the information out there. I don’t have to get all involved;
it’s more efficient. I would rather text than see somebody face to face” (2009).
I suppose if she were interviewing me (who is of an older generation), I would also answer this question exactly the same way. I am somewhat of an introvert. I like spending time alone, I would way rather text or email someone a question than make a phone call. I prefer the time to think about what and how to say something that texting/emailing gives me. When having a voice or face-to-face conversation, I have to quickly think on my feet, and I almost always (upon reflection) think of something I should have said but didn’t. I think that the ability to email and text people has actually increased the number of interactions I have with people on any given day.
I share a classroom with another teacher (we each teach 2 or 3 days a week) and we are constantly using texting to ask each other questions, touch base about an assignment, etc. I can do it when the thought strikes me as opposed to forgetting about it and having to have a huge conversation later. We love the time we have face-to face to talk, but our mobiles devices offer us something we find as value added as opposed to taking away as Turkle seems to believe.
Do you believe that our constant internet connections are taking away from your relationships and ability to have a conversation?
Loveys, K. (2011). Online backlash: Facebook and Twitter ‘make us less human and isolate us from the real world’ Retrieved from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1349778/Facebook-Twitter-make-human-isolate-real-world.html
Turkle, S. (2009) Transcript of Interview from Digital Nation. Retrieved from: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/interviews/turkle.html
Turkle, S. (2012). The Flight From Conversation. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/the-flight-from-conversation.html?_r=0