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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'm reminded of my Mom's favorite saying, "All things in moderation." Technology definitely allows me to be more connected with extended family and far flung friends--especially through Facebook.

    That said, texting, etc while with other people can be a barrier to connecting in person. It may not always be easy but I find the best thing is to politely voice my preference for someone's attention when we're together. I find even techno junkies can understand my desire for their full attention. And if they can't, then it's probably because our relationship isn't important enough to them.
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      Apr 12 2012: Dear MayEllen . . . I think that you are right. We are at the very beginning of figuring out how to politely bring each other back to more satisfying ways of being with each other. What's important is that we are starting to do this. That is the conversation!

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