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Read This Article, MIT Professor Takes on Our Limited Social Skills Via New Technology

Every day I get an e-mail from the New York Times with headlines of the past day’s activities and great commentary.  Sorry to have to say that I haven’t picked up a physical edition of the newspaper in many years.  I, like many, have gone completely digital when receiving news beyond the entertainment stuff in the TV world that I write about every day.

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But this article from MIT shrink and professor Sherry Turkle takes everyone of us down from our high horse in the new age of technology and smacks us right in the mouth.  Without question one of the best articles written detailing the decline of conversation among us with the increase use of texting, emailing and posting on social sites.  Her examples of how we have all become members of The Walking Dead with our focus on cell phones and earphones leaving zero time for conversation are perfectly crafted in this story.

MIT Professor Sherry Turkle

MIT Professor Sherry Turkle

What professor Sherry Turkle writes is so true.  So true.  To the point where everyone that has sent a text, an e-mail or posted some content on a social site will relate to the simple question as to why we just can’t pick up a phone and call that person or persons.  Communicating like we used to do, not so many years ago.

One part of the article titled The Flight from Conversation is below.  Once again probably the best article I’ve read in a long time and I’m sharing the New York Times link with everyone I know because it will relate to each one of us in a lot of ways.  We can each chat about several examples of The Walking Dead among us.  We each could probably chat about these examples several times a day.

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“I am a partisan for conversation. To make room for it, I see some first, deliberate steps. At home, we can create sacred spaces: the kitchen, the dining room. We can make our cars “device-free zones.” We can demonstrate the value of conversation to our children. And we can do the same thing at work. There we are so busy communicating that we often don’t have time to talk to one another about what really matters. Employees asked for casual Fridays; perhaps managers should introduce conversational Thursdays. Most of all, we need to remember — in between texts and e-mails and Facebook posts — to listen to one another, even to the boring bits, because it is often in unedited moments, moments in which we hesitate and stutter and go silent, that we reveal ourselves to one another.”

Sherry Turkle, New York Times article - The Flight from Conversation – April 21, 2012



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