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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 have grown up with computers all around and see them more as a way to facilitate conversation than as a barrier. For example, it's currently spring break and I have been talking to friends in other counties and other states. We can have a conversation together, even when we are separated by distance.
    I know of people that have gone overboard on texting, but that is hardly the case with those that I know.

    Personally, the greatest advantage I see with technology is incredible access to new opinions and information, such as TED talks, which has the potential to raise the tone of conversation in my generation. This isn't always the case, bu I think that it is rarely acknowledged when it is happening.
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      Apr 12 2012: Claire . . . I agree with everything you say. What is key is to honor the good but not be afraid to confront what has gone amiss. I think what too often happens is that people are afraid to confront what has not gone right. In my talk I say "We are smitten with technology, and like young lovers, we are afraid that too much talking will spoil the romance." I stand by this.

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