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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: This conversation is one that I have with my son as he is growing up. He has no phone, iPod with earbuds, and plays outside. He is 11. We are in the car a lot going from activity to activity, and we listen to an iPod for music through the car speakers. We have chosen the songs together, some we both like, some only one of us likes. I wanted him to not need something to occupy himself with in the car. It must be working because in the car, we'd just finished talking about a topic and he tells me, "OK, now I'm going to start thinking about things that I'm not ready to talk about yet, so I need to be thinking my thoughts." LOL - I hope he can keep that up! I do not text or phone much when I'm with him, driving, etc. I want him not to start that, either. I do not look at my phone during talks or other situations where I need to pay attention. I don't want that to be the norm. Maybe it's working...
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      Apr 12 2012: Julie . . . this sounds promising!!!! And your son sounds awesome.
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        Apr 12 2012: Thank you - he never ceases to amaze me, just like all of our children amaze us! By the way, he took notes on your TED talk that spawned this conversation! I do wonder if he will fit in with his peers since he doesn't know the "new way" to communicate/connect! Yet another interesting question since he's not following "the new rules" of connecting! We shall see. Thank you for a great conversation on a topic that apparently has been bothering me, which is probably why I didn't allow him to get "wired" with an iPod, GameBoy, etc. and continue to keep it that way (for as long as I can).

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