90 Seconds With Reclaiming Conversation

Why read the book?

With 30 years of research, MIT professor Sherry Turkle shows the effects technology is having on our emotional, mental, and social development. Technology prevents us from truly knowing one another, and in the end, truly knowing ourselves. We have endless connections to endless amounts of people, but sadly, we feel more alone than ever before. Her belief through the years is spot on: technology does not deliver what it promises. Having profiles and tweets available to us at all times and all places is not synonymous with truly being available to and present for one another. Turkle argues that when we see faces and hear voices we are being most human. We must make room for each other. We must stop gravitating toward the lure of technology and turn to the real and unexpected that is true relationship and true conversation.

 

5 Quotes That Make You Think:

  • “The feeling that ‘no one is listening to me’ plays a large part in our relationships with technology. That’s why it is so appealing to have a Facebook page or a Twitter feed.”
  • “In our new culture of connection, we are lonely but afraid of intimacy.”
  • “We are all products of the conversations we have not had at home, the conversations we have sidestepped with family, friends, and intimates.”
  • “You have to show up for the many conversations that feel inefficient or boring to be there for the conversation that changes your mind.”
  • “Our quantitative selves leave data trails that are the beginning of our stories, not the results, not the conclusions.”

 

Jonathan C. Edwards (@NotThePuritan)

Jonathan (M.Div, Th.M) is the founder & CEO of Peel, a social media startup directed at redeeming the value of social media in everyday life. He is the author of "Left: The Struggle to Make Sense of Life When a Parent Leaves," available now!

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