Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

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Basic Books, Jan 11, 2011 - Psychology - 384 pages
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Consider Facebook—it’s human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them.

In Alone Together, MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It’s a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for—and sacrificing—in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today’s self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity.

 

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An exceptionally well researched book that explore technology and the unintended effects it's having on how we interact with others and ourselves. Broken into two parts, the first half explores the ... Read full review

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I'm going to write an article about how digital natives (young people who have always had technology playing a major role in their lives) approach work, so I've been reading a lot about how people ... Read full review

Contents

PART
18
Alive Enough
35
True Companions
53
Enchantment
67
Complicities
83
Loves Labor Lost
103
Communion
127
Always On
151
Growing Up Tethered
171
No Need to Call
187
Reduction and Betrayal
211
True Confessions
229
The Nostalgia of the Young
265
Notes
307
Index
349
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Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT. She is frequently interviewed in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, on NBC News, and more. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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