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Alone Together

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each OtherAlone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A fascinating look at the dilemmas raised by sociable robots and the cultural change brought on by our constant connectedness. I found the second half of the book which focused on connectedness reflecting a growing trend of discovering how to live with these seductive technologies that have been created [294]. It is as if we have grown scared of being vulnerable and instead focus only on making ourselves feel better instead of making things right [233]. We have become lonely and the network is seductive [3]. Simulation offers relationships simpler then real life can provide [285]. The general message is that we expect more from technology and less from each other [295].



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  • People are lonely. The network is seductive. [3]
  • A love relationship involves coming to savor the surprises and the rough patches of looking at the world from another's point of view, shaped by history, biology, trauma, and joy. [6]
  • She goes online to feel better, not to make things right. [233]
  • We don't want to intrude on each other, so instead we constantly intrude on each other, but not in "real time." [280]
  • Simulation offers relationships simpler than real life can provide. [285]
  • Loneliness is failed solitude. [288]
  • We have to find a way to live with seductive technology and make it work to our purposes. [294]
  • The narrative of Alone Together describes an area: we expect more from technology and less from each other. [295]

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