Life without technology, is that even possible? In today’s time, we as a society have become mentally and physically engrossed in technology. Whether it is an iPhone, iPad, or iMac, we are engaging in digital technology as an escape from the outside world. Sherry Turkle, a psychologist and professor at MIT, now the author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, has been studying how people and digital technology get along for thirty years. She suggests that digital technology is seductive because it serves the purpose that we never have to be alone. We constantly have that ability to interact in a way that makes us feel comfortable. Turkle explains the paradox of technology well; how it can compare to some real life emotional bonds but on the other hand can just be too much.
I agree on the standpoint that our involvement with technology is affecting our ability to form personal relationships, express emotion, and communicate with others outside of an electronic device. Sherry Turkle does not think that we should give up technology altogether, but to be cautious of the dangerous effects it has on our well-being. Digital technology has affected our ability to engage physically in society. She expresses that we may be letting technology take us to places that we don’t want to go.
Turkle makes the bold statement that, “Our little devices, the ones we keep in our pocket, are so psychologically powerful, that they don’t only change what we do they change who we are.” (Turkle). I agree that a lot of the things we catch ourselves doing on our mobile devices today would’ve been so un-thought of just a few years ago. We have the power to send e-mail and online shop during class and work and we think nothing of it. We find it harder for ourselves to go through simple social settings without being on our phones. It’s not only the younger generation; it’s the parents as well. We all seem to point our fingers at one another when most of us are also guilty of being consumed in our own electronic worlds.
We can remove ourselves from practically anything when we go into these electronic worlds of ours. How can we possibly really be together when we are so absorbed by everything but what is happening right in front of us. Turkle explains how we want to be able to have people around us but be able to be elsewhere. This is most certainly not a healthy way to exert our relationships with ourselves and others. It is too simple for people to be selective over what they want to pay attention to, and when they are on their electronic devices they don’t want to be disturbed. It seems as if there is new expectations of whether or not you’re allowed to interrupt someone depending on if they’re messing around doing things on their phone or not.
Turkle makes a point that people now need to have control over their conversations and the problem with real life conversations is that we don’t have time to control our response and...