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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: Sherry: how has digital communications redefined 'relationship' I am 60; I have strong friendships and colleagues that range from 80 to 25. Each has a unique concept of how our relationship grows or diminishes by the channels we use. Some never want to talk or meet; most are OK with email or Facebook. When I was 20 you had a hardwired phone, wrote a letter or met face to face. Now there are so many competing channels... Your thoughts?
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      Apr 12 2012: Dear Douglas . . . I think that people have many more choices in how they define relationship. Just because FB calls something a "friend" doesn't mean that a FB friend really is one. That definition remains with you. So I think the point is not to give technology powers that it doesn't deserve. And to keep that in mind, even when it's hard.
      • Apr 12 2012: Agreed. But the other person in the dyad may have a more complicated technology lifestyle. I want the relationship, I want to be genuine to my own needs, but I often have to go from Facebook to Twitter to Google+. This is the complex competition that is making things challenging -- particularly when wanting to connect person A with colleague C. I feel as if I need a separate device for each conduit.

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