Summary of “The Flight from Conversation”

“The Flight from Conversation” is an article by Sherry Turkle and it is about how this generation of people are losing their ability to communicate via face to face and how we are always communicating on social media websites. The author backs up her argument of how we sacrificed our face to face conversation to only only communication. She continues on about how we’ve became accustomed to being “alone together” and how we are always connected to people without being with one another (paragraph 4). Sherry talks about how conversation is more intimate and better. She backs it up when she explains ”¬†FACE-TO-FACE conversation unfolds slowly. It teaches patience. When we communicate on our digital devices, we learn different habits. As we ramp up the volume and velocity of online connections, we start to expect faster answers” (Paragraph 14). We are losing our ability to function as normal human beings and technology is taking over. The biggest statement she provided which solidifies her argument is “One of the most haunting experiences during my research came when I brought one of these 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” (Paragraph 18). Sherry Turkle explains it to us how these are consequences and they are only leading it to worse things. That doesn’t mean it is over. Sherry Turkle also tells us how we can resolve this. She says people have to lessen their online communications and further more their face to face conversations. Otherwise technology will take over and there will no more face to face conversations.


“The Flight From Conversation” by Sherry Turkle