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Live Q&A with Sherry Turkle: How has digital technology changed the kind of communications you have with your friends, family & co-workers?

This Live conversation with TED speaker Sherry Turkle will open on April 12th, 2pm EDT.

How has digital technology changed the kind of communications you have with your friends, family & co-workers?

Topics: social media
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Closing Statement from Sherry Turkle

This has been a wonderful experience for me. I get to see how many people view my talk, but not what they are thinking. So hearing what you are thinking was great! And it sounds like a lot of people are struggling to balance conversation with connection and actually becoming better at sensing the difference. I’m optimistic. And I like it that people are actively thinking about how to create real spaces at home and work to pay more attention to each other, to really listen to each other. Thank you.

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    Apr 12 2012: Hi, I'm excited to be here! I'm interested in whether people agree that there is a movement from conversation to connection . . .
    • Apr 12 2012: yes, digital connection really helps a lot in establishing connections with people in the fastest way possible. it has changed the quality or form of communication in so many aspects. one example is when people greet their friends on their birthdays, most people just greet them through a message on the person's Facebook page. In my country, I believe that people prefer greetings through Facebook than spending on mobile phone calls/texts.
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        Apr 12 2012: And there is a certain superficiality about it (e.g. if you disable it = no birthday greetings, if you change it = people congratulate you on a different day), so it's turning more into a reaction instead of an action, or something, say, "emotionally valuable". I got 100+ birthday greetings last year on my Facebook and this year when I disabled it, around 5 (from my family). :)
      • Apr 12 2012: I agree. Social media helps keep alive connections with people that you care about but only see casually as in when you meet in passing. These relationships can be maintained through the same casual meeting on social media,

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