In the article “The Flight From Conversation” written by Sherry Turkle discusses how modern technology affects the way we communicate with each other. To support this idea, the author wrote that “We’ve become accustomed to a new way of being “alone together.” Technology-enabled, we are able to be with one another, and also elsewhere, connected to wherever we want to be.” (Paragraph 3) This shows that with modern technology, we are able to communicate with one another without physically being together, we have grown accustomed to the idea of “alone together” in which we are forgetting the importance of physical contact. To further support what she meant, the author has provided an example in the statement ” A 16-year-old boy who relies on texting for almost everything says almost wistfully, “Someday, someday, but certainly not now, I’d like to learn how to have a conversation.” (paragraph 7) This example shows that with the technology we have today, where we relies on it for almost everything we do, causing the new generations to fear conversation, and not know how to have a conversation. The author is concerned about the way that technologies are affecting the society as a whole, where we rely too much on technology causing us to forget about importance of having a true conversation, not through devices, but through physical contacts, where we are able to create connection with one another. According to the author technology affects the society as a whole, the more we rely on technology the faster we loses our ability to connect and have a true conversation with each other. The author’s main argument is that we should stop relying too much on technology for communicating with one another, and that we should take the first step to look up, and look at one another, and start a real conversation.
Turkle, Sherry. “The Flight From Conversation.” published by The New York Times 21 Apr. 2012