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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?

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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: I think digital technology has completely changed the way we communicate in both positive and negative ways. The most positive is that it allows friends to stay in touch from all corners of the globe with ease. One of the more negative ways I can think of is the often complete removal of context in a conversation. We often "fill in the blanks" with text messages and get completely different meanings out of the words. I had a friend tell me she had a friendship fall apart because of a misinterpretation of a comment.

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