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

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

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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 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
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  • Category: Psychology
  • ISBN: 9780465031467



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If you ever have had doubts about the effect technology is having on personal relationships, this book makes for a compelling read. At times scary, sometimes almost heart-breaking, it looks at the ways that people are turning to virtual relationships whether on-line or with robots as an easier alternative to dealing face-to-face with many aspects of life. Based on the author's extensive research, but written in a reader-friendly manner, this book is a non-fiction page-turner.

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Ok, but not quite what I expected. More academic than practical, but still good info. Reinforces the fact that multitasking makes us do many things poorly, and that we do lose something when we only connect through our devices.

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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 interact with technology and how that changes how they interact with one another. In this book, Sherry Turkle spends the first half examining how we relate to robots and other types of technology. Whether it is robotic toys or robotic caregivers, people come to expect more from technology and to treat technology as if it is human. On the other hand, technology has caused us to expect less from our relationships with each other. We communicate by text and pay more attention to our cell phones than our dinner partners, leading to a dearth of deep relationships and increasing discomfort with solitude. Turkle takes volumes of research and weaves it into a fascinating story.

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