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"Connected But Alone" Talk By Sherry Turkle

In this particular video clip, Sherry Turkle discussed people prefer technology driven relationship together with the fondness of people towards the so called “little device” that predominantly are shifting the culture of communication.

Primarily, I was earnestly impacted by the statements and ideas she discussed; “we’re letting technology takes us to places that we don’t want to go, our little devices are so psychologically powerful that they not only change what we do, but change who we are, it is setting ourselves up for trouble for how we relate to each other and ourselves”, and the list goes on. First and foremost, I agree that technology has changed the way we live or our lifestyle. We spent more time holding phones than reading, we hang more in the internet rather than real friends, and we sometimes withdraw happiness from these little devices. Decades ago, these types of communication via text, message, and calls and withdrawal of happiness from the endless notification and acceptance do not exist. People back then apparently conversed in real time, they spent face to face conversation, and they were more exposed in real life intimacy. I believe that is the best way to be connect with people. Personally, if a person prefers texting than a face to face talking, that person does not really care much about others. Nothing in this world can replace an authentic face to face conversation.

Second, the use of the so called ‘little devices”, the problem of people replacing intimacy through mass communication, notices, and the definition of alone. People are sometimes emotionally persuaded to use social media and be able to mass communicate in times of being alone or in unnecessary times. Being alone is a problem for the majority of little device users, in order to address, they indulge in spending time in mass communication.The understanding of alone is the problem, they tend to define alone with loneliness. Being alone is normal, it is a time for meditation, inter-personal talk, peace and solitude. People have the feeling to connect to others virtually because their aloneness or the need to be with others. Why spend with your friends if you can be with everyone with the use of the thumb and a phone? In addition, mass communication increases dopamine levels on the brain. Creating a burst of happiness of a person using mass communication via phones. It is sometimes compared to a drug that people are fond of using it as person makes it habitual and the burst of happiness compounded overtime.

In conclusion, these little devices, virtual communication and the like has become part of the human lives. People are capable of communication almost at an unlimited possible way. However, we need to ask ourselves, “Is it time being alone or am I lonely?”, “Is it a need or want to communicate?” and especially “Does technology provide us real connection?”. With technology we are unfocused in our life. Essentially we are giving distraction in the most possible way that we are unaware. We tend to get involve in the drama that we are not supposed to into. Unconsciously and carelessly forgetting about our family and friends that are more important.

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