My Summary on “Flight From Conversation”

On the article of “The Flight From Conversation” written by Sherry Turkle, she focuses on how communication/conversation is being sacrificed for technology. The types of technology she speaks of in her article is social media, emails, text messages and artificial intelligence which are some of the things replacing regular face to face conversation. Another thing mentioned in the article is that, the author reveals that she prefers face to face conversation over technology because what it reduces is our interpersonal skills, patience and self-reflective skills. Two interesting citations is, 1) “A high school sophomore confides to me that he wishes he could talk to an artificial intelligence program instead of his dad about dating; he says the A.I. would have so much more in its database.” and 2)”One of the most haunting experiences during my research came when I brought one of the robots, designed in the shape of a baby seal, to an elder- care facility, and an older woman began to talk to it about the loss of her child.” which adds to her argument about how they have embraced a new kind of delusion that accepts simulation rather than communication.What the author’s main objective of this article is to, minimize the use of technology and start back relying on face to face conversations.

Turkle, Sherry. “The Flight From Conversation.” The New York Times 21 Apr. 2012