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Heather Taylor

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Technology doesn't create loneliness, it reveals it. Once revealed, technology can help alleviate isolation and spur connection.

Dr. Turkle urges reflection and analysis and the idea that technology is its infancy. These are two important ideas and I urge others to consider this perspective: that technology fosters connections and developmental growth among the most socially awkward and vulnerable.

A healthy relationship of any sort (e.g., romantic, friendship, family) requires reciprocity. But when these sorts of relationships are out of balance, technology can fill a void. I posit that while technology can lead to isolation, isolation can also lead to connection when a lonely individual reaches out to others or becomes involved in the community via technology.

I'm curious if others view the connection between technology and isolation as one-way or bidirectional or if some other perspective entirely is needed to describe the complex technology-human connection.

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    Apr 6 2012: Actually i do believe that technology is very very important tool in our daily activities, thus it has to be used in right time for the right things, to do so it completely depends on users. If we think a day without a little device like mobile which would really painful and unacceptable to us, at the same time excessive using of technological devices is not good at all. In some occasion we do spend huge time on technology that could make us bit isolated and lonely but immediate after we do realize that we should have not done that and we should have given more time to prioritize job. therefore it implies that it is totally depend on users how effectively use their time and how much aware about his or her responsibilities. One saddening things i found which is texting in the class while tutor are conducting class. under this situation i do reckon the tutor should keep on eyes and sometimes share interactive information and nice jocks to attract their attention and let them know why you are saying this jocks. Finally i would like to say that technologies impact could be bad and good, it depends on its users. thanks. Probir Kumar Biswas. New Zealand

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