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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A groundbreaking book by one of the most important thinkers of our time shows how technology is warping our social lives and our inner ones
Technology has become the architect of our intimacies. Online, we fall prey to the illusion of companionship, gathering thousands of Twitter and Facebook friends, and confusing tweets and wall posts with authentic communication. But this relentless connection leads to a deep solitude. MIT professor Sherry Turkle argues that as technology ramps up, our emotional lives ramp down. Based on hundreds of interviews and with a new introduction taking us to the present day, Alone Together describes changing, unsettling relationships between friends, lovers, and families.
 

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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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