Social Networking Making You “Less Human”

MIT Professor Sherry Turkle has released a new book titled Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other in which she contends that using social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter (along with social enabled cell phones) are making you “less human”. Her new book contends that the more humans turn their attention to computers, social networking, and cell phones, the more robotic we become as a society. Society will one day will share emotion more with computers and robots than other humans which can be dangerous. While people assume that social networking sites are building human relationships, it’s the opposite according to Turkle. We are building relationships with computers and technology – not humans. In essence, the more dependent we become on technology, the less human we become. Technology is teaching us to avoid human relationships versus improving our relationships with each other.

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  1. Well, you could argue that Sherry has a point, but personally my opinion is that in general the technology isnt making us less human – its just changing the demands we have concerning social behaviour, its a part of the human evolution.

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