Sherry Turkle “The Flight from Conversation” Summary

In the article “The Flight from Conversation” by Sherry Turkle, the author discuss how technology have change the way people communicate over the years. The article discuss not only people don’t talk face to face to each other but would rather use text message or e-mail to communicate. In the article the author spent over 15 years studying people and ask them about the plugged in lives and found the mobile devices have change the way people not only what they do, but also who we are. People have become so accustomed to technologies that it is a new way of being alone together. A person have they personal space but can communicate with other without having to meet the other person. Not only have technology have change our personal lives but also change the way people communicate in the office. The boss can be in the office but can have a regular conversant with and employee without meeting them. Using technology to communicate commonly found among young people, a 16 years old boy who relies on texting for almost everything says almost wistfully. The act of having a conversation with face to face have change over the years, people rely on technology to communicate with each other.


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