Turkle, Sherry. “The Flight From Conversation.” Summary


In her article “The Flight From Conversation” (2012), Sherry Turkle discusses a technological world we are now living in and a way it affects our communication. S. Turkle has studied technologies of mobile connection about 15 years, and has found that mobile phones have changed not only the we behave, but also our personalities. Being constantly connected with one another, in fact we are trying to hide ourselves from an actual communication. We are living in a technological world where people fear to have real conversations. Technology allows us to keep people at right distance, not too far, but not too close. E-mails, instant massages, posts in Facebook and “tweets” in Twitter cannot replace conversation, but they are taking more and more space in our lives.Technology makes us expect fast answer, while face-to-face conversation teaches us to be patient to a companion. Moreover, in the process of conversation with others we learn our personality. Technology takes away this possibility of self-reflection, instead it offers  to present ourselves in a way we want to be, but not in a way we truly are. It makes us believe that our retouched voices, faces and bodies are more appealing for others than our real personalities.In a world where we unlearned how to listen to each other, people tend to consider machines  as those who care about them. A boy wishes he could talk to an artificial intelligence program about dating, instead of talking to his father. Others hope that Siri (a digital assistant) will become more advanced, so that “she” will be more like a friend for them. In conclusion, S.Turkle states that the constant connection is completely differ from face-to-face conversation, and, in fact can make us feel more lonely.

Works cited

Turkle, Sherry. “The Flight From Conversation.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 21 Apr. 2012. Web. 13 Oct. 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/the-flight-from-conversation.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0