Big Picture Science – Ultimate Hook Up: Sherry Turkle

by Gary Niederhoff on January 7, 2013

Part 5 of Ultimate Hook Up, featuring Sherry Turkle, Professor of social studies of science and technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other.
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avatar Don Ogden July 8, 2011 at 7:28 am

The one critical element that did not come up in your fascinating interview with Sherry Turkle regarding mainly young people’s living increasingly online is their growing estrangement from the natural world. We call that Nature Deficit Disorder out here in the real world and it’s decidedly unhealthy. The less people become aware of their immediate surroundings the less they’ll care about the health and well being of those surroundings.

The Earth (you remember, the planet that supports our lives, the one that we can’t live without?) is already in deep trouble what with the climate crisis, species extinction, habitat destruction and a host of other environmental ills. If we can’t empathize with the natural world and act to nurture it as it nurtures us we will surely perish. Forget virtual, it’s reality.

avatar Gary Niederhoff July 8, 2011 at 10:43 am

Great point! Thanks for your input.

avatar Kevin Bradley July 8, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I don’t live in the U.S. so I don’t know about young people there but when I heard this interview I was disappointed with the professor’s view. She gives young people little credit and the evidence was anecdotal. There is a generation gap preventing her from understanding how people interact now. It sounds like the scaremongering that follows all new technology from the printing press to the smartphone. Kids are not turning into the cyborg enemy and the point of communications tech is communication. She laments the end of “real” face to face communication. Well we have FaceTime and Skype for that. And when we type “sorry” that is NOT “it” we wait the long seconds for that forgiveness so we can take another breath.

avatar Karen November 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Kevin I totally agree. Especially being young and growing up with technology. I’ve had my fair share of apologies online. It takes a lot of consideration and meditation forming an apology via texting, emailing, iming. It actually gives more room for thought on forming the perfectly worded apology. And those seconds you wait for the forgiveness are surreal. I would say sometimes it can be even more emotional than doing it face to face.

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