Alone 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 . 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 . We have become lonely and the network is seductive . Simulation offers relationships simpler then real life can provide . The general message is that we expect more from technology and less from each other .
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- People are lonely. The network is seductive. 
- 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. 
- She goes online to feel better, not to make things right. 
- We don't want to intrude on each other, so instead we constantly intrude on each other, but not in "real time." 
- Simulation offers relationships simpler than real life can provide. 
- Loneliness is failed solitude. 
- We have to find a way to live with seductive technology and make it work to our purposes. 
- The narrative of Alone Together describes an area: we expect more from technology and less from each other.