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

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Basic Books, 2012 - Psychology - 360 pages
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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, as MIT technology and society specialist Sherry Turkle argues, this relentless connection leads to a new solitude. As technology ramps up, our emotional lives ramp down. Alone Together is the result of Turkle's nearly fifteen-year exploration of our lives on the digital terrain. Based on hundreds of interviews, it describes new unsettling relationships between friends, lovers, parents, and children, and new instabilities in how we understand privacy and community, intimacy, and solitude.
 

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Clinical psychologist—and sociologist of the Internet—Turkle (social studies of science & technology, MIT; ) presents a cautionary tale about what she calls the "robotic moment," i.e., our current ... Read full review

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He is soupsetting when i heard a jeep cheriky like ours ran over a little boy and he said it wasn"nt his its driving me crazzy i can
't have kid and i cant understand?

Contents

PART
18
IN INTIMACY NEW SOLITUDES
151
No Need to Call
187
Reduction and Betrayal 21 1
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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