Sherry Turkle Discusses Technology and Its Impact on Students

In an age where people use computers to find love and social networking sites to build online relationships, one MIT professor is issuing a warning on how technology is changing our mindset and setting some dangerous precedents.  Turkle has released a new book titled, “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other” where she talks about how society is becoming less human. As a clinical psychologist, Turkle has been studying the phenomenon on how computers are changing people for years and she talks about it frequently. In November 2009 Turkle spoke at Harvard about digital technology and its effects on students. Many students are viewing technology not as gadgets, but rather as extensions of their mind. It’s a fascinating talk as you can see for yourself below…

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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