Monday, April 23, 2012

Quotations of the Day: Connection vs.Conversation Edition

From this Sherry Turkle essay in the New York Times,
WE live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.
Over the past 15 years, I’ve studied technologies of mobile connection and talked to hundreds of people of all ages and circumstances about their plugged-in lives. I’ve learned that the little devices most of us carry around are so powerful that they change not only what we do, but also who we are.
Later she writes,
Human relationships are rich; they’re messy and demanding. We have learned the habit of cleaning them up with technology. And the move from conversation to connection is part of this. But it’s a process in which we shortchange ourselves. Worse, it seems that over time we stop caring, we forget that there is a difference.

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