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Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

Sherry Turkle

Top 10 Best Quotes

“We expect more from technology and less from each other.”

“Texting offers just the right amount of access, just the right amount of control. She is a modern Goldilocks: for her, texting puts people not too close, not too far, but at just the right distance. The world is now full of modern Goldilockses, people who take comfort in being in touch with a lot of people whom they also keep at bay.”

“Technology is seductive when what it offers meets our human vulnerabilities. And as it turns out, we are very vulnerable indeed. We are lonely but fearful of intimacy. Digital connections and the sociable robot may offer the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship. Our networked life allows us to hide from each other, even as we are tethered to each other. We’d rather text than talk.”

“People are lonely. The network is seductive. But if we are always on, we may deny ourselves the rewards of solitude.”

“When Thoreau considered "where I live and what I live for," he tied together location and values. Where we live doesn't just change how we live; it informs who we become. Most recently, technology promises us lives on the screen. What values, Thoreau would ask, follow from this new location? Immersed in simulation, where do we live, and what do we live for?”

“We... heal ourselves by giving others what we most need.”

“we seem determined to give human qualities to objects and content to treat each other as things.”

“We fill our days with ongoing connection, denying ourselves time to think and dream.”

“In solitude we don't reject the world but have the space to think our thoughts.”

“The idea that we can be exactly what the other desires is a powerful fantasy.”

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idolatry, society, technology, values-in-life, loneliness, the-sociology-of-technology, modern-society, life, community, relationships, popularity, connection

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