Moyers & Company: Sherry Turkle on Being Alone Together

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Moyers & Company: Sherry Turkle on Being Alone Together

If you think a lot of people are looking down these days, it’s because they are. We often see people focused so intensely on the latest text or tweet coming from their smartphone, that they seem virtually oblivious to the world around them. This week, Bill talks to MIT professor Sherry Turkle, who has studied our relationship with technology for over three decades, about what this constant engagement means for our culture and our society. Turkle, author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, says our devices are not only changing the way we communicate and interact with each other, but also who we are as human beings. “What concerns me as a developmental psychologist is watching children grow in this new world where being bored is something that never has to be tolerated for a moment,” Turkle tells Moyers. “Everyone is always having their attention divided between the world of people [they're] with and this ‘other’ reality.”

Producer: Julia Conley. Interview Editor: Sikay Tang.
Intro Editor: Michael Weingrad.

Sherry Turkle on Being Alone Together from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

 

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