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Sherry Turkle – one of the foremost experts on the impact of technology on culture and psychology – argues persuasively that technology should augment your life, not control it. Conversation and human connection, she maintains, have deteriorated. We lose our human skills. We avoid eye contact and with that the ability to read each other’s emotions. As you read, count how often you look at your phone and how many pages you can absorb without distraction. See if you can focus for six minutes. Turkle may convince you to deprioritize social media, email and texting so you can reclaim conversation and focus at home and at work. getAbstract recommends her thoughtful overview to anyone in the workforce, especially parents and teachers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What strategies to employ to use technology deliberately, as a tool;
  • How conversation propels work, relationships and learning; and
  • How to put devices in their place in order to restore your life, your kids and your firm, and avoid ruined relationships, entropy and decline.

About the Author

Sherry Turkle, a foremost expert on the impact of technology on culture and psychology, teaches at MIT.



An Insidious Presence

At home and at work, even as you sleep, your devices – the smartphone or tablet – attach to you and surround you. Their apps monitor, buzz, beep and ring at you, and even when they don’t, you can’t resist their allure. Engineers and designers have made email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Fitbits and other tools addictive. They reward you through the neurochemicals you experience when you use them. They give you the illusion of accomplishment and productivity, and keep loneliness at bay.

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    Christopher Maswi 7 months ago
    Great article
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    Valeriy Mitrokhin 10 months ago
    Specific information
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    Sharon Marston 11 months ago
    Fantastic abstract, food for thought
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    Michael Cabanban 12 months ago
    It's ironic that I'm reading this on my phone.
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    Gabriela Fuentes 1 year ago
    Extraordinary abstract!! I had all my family reading it!
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    Subodh Vaidya 1 year ago
    Great article....I too was addicted to phone... However now improving my conscious choice by
    1. Switching off all alerts
    2. Increasing sync time to longer durations
    3. Keeping phone aside after entering in the house
    Still long way to go....
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    Natasia Mc Mahon 1 year ago
    Sobering. I felt convicted especially since I was reading the summary from my phone.
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    Chris Cummings 1 year ago
    Great summary! My favourite part is the bit second have to take a call.
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    Chinyere Nwude 1 year ago
    love this!

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