9/5 Sherry Turkle Prompts and HW for next week

Reading like a writer: Sherry Turkle, “The Empathy Gap” (pp. 8-13).
Parts/”modes” of writing to keep in mind: Narrative is a mode of writing showing change over time. Exposition is a kind of writing that explains something to the reader.  A claim is a debate-able statement made by the writer (not a fact).  A thesis is the largest, overarching claim in a text.  Evidence is observation or fact that supports a claim/thesis.

–p. 8 / 29: What is Turkle’s thesis?  Is there also a narrative here? What change is being shown?  How do we respond to Turkle’s thesis? Agree/disagree? A bit of both?  Why?
–p. 9 / 30: Where do you notice… claim(s)? …Evidence? …Narrative? Your response?
–p. 10 / 31: Where do you notice… claim(s)? …Evidence? …Narrative? Your response?
–p. 11 / 32: Where do you notice… claim(s)? …Evidence? …Narrative? Your response?

HW (for Wed 9/12): Post your responses to Turkle’s article.  Read Serpell’s “Triptych: Texas Pool Party” (pp. 18-25). In Grammar Book, read and do exercises on pp. 17-21 and p. 31.

20 thoughts on “9/5 Sherry Turkle Prompts and HW for next week”

  1. In the article The Empathy Gap written by Sherry Turkle, Turkle indicates a thesis, claim and a narrative along page 8. The thesis was stated as “Technology was encouraging us to forget that the essence of conversation… where empathy is engaged.” This is sent to be the thesis because it is a claim that technology allowed for face to face conversation to become forgotten. Which I agreed to because as of now having conversations through a phone screen or on social media is considered to be the “new format to conversations”. No one shows the empathy for a human conversation. Turkle’s claim is “two related concerns: we expected more from technology and less from each other… willing to talk to machines, even about intimate matters.” This is seen to show a debateable statement that can be argued or agreed upon, because some may see technology bringing unity rather than separation in society. Turkle also uses the method of narratives as she stated “Indeed in 1996, I was on the cover of Wired magazine… allowing technology to take us.” This shows a narration as Turkle talks about an incident in her life relating to technology. This method allows for a connection between the reader and writer; she adds her personal stories making it more of a connection. Overall, this piece shows how she transitioned from being a supporter of technology to no being agaianst technology as it is making human interactions disappear.

  2. In the article “The Empathy Gap” by Sherry Turkle, the author shows her thesis in page 8, when she refers to technology as the reason why there is gap between people and face-to-face conversations. Sherry Turtle says, “we expected more from technology and less from each other.” She keeps saying, ” We are increasingly willing to talk to machines, even about intimate matters.” Through narrative the author explains how technology has evolved and been creating these gaps between people. In other words, technology has been creating these walls that doesn’t allow humans to connect in person. In the same paragraph, the author keeps saying, “… technology has encouraged us to forget that the essence of conversation is one where human meanings are understood, where empathy is engaged.” Through this other piece of quote, the author not just claim about technology separating people but taking our place as human beings, doing our job as a society.

    This is where everything changes. The author opened up her reading with a narrative indicating how much she agreed to technology and its development to help psychologist, therapist, etc. However, her opinion, later on in the reading, changes when she agreed to technology replacing us. And therefore the gap created between us, humans.

    In my opinion, I think that technology isn’t for everyone to manage. What I mean is, technology is very powerful due to it huge field of content. And technology changes a lot within time. Therefore, it’s not just that technology has taken our place has humans in society, therefore creating a gap between people. But people not wanting to realize the different between real and non-real. However, in general, I do agree with Sherry Turtle thesis. As technology increases, we do depend more on our devices, specially the general that grew up with it. And therefore, instead of looking for people’s help, we look into what we can control. I mean, it’s quite normal talking to a device that has no living experience because it doesn’t judge. Whenever you ask something to a device, it gives you an answer to a problem, not judge or say something about you as a person in society. There’s no shame in expressing your deepest problems or how you truly are. In other hands, people do believe that talking to a device isn’t enough, since it can’t offer a life experienced point of view. In conclusion, I do think that the people should realize the different between technology (non real) and people (real) and what it’s more convenient for them, in certain cases. We design the technology, and therefore we can take advantage of both.

  3. In Sherry Turkle’s “The Empathy Gap,” I can infer that her thesis is; From the creation to rise of technology, humans have lost the essence of conversation and engagement of empathy. In the start of her article she uses narrative to talk about the change she had made in her writing in the mid-’90s to start discussing her concerns about if we expected more from technology and less from each other and we were increasingly willing to talk to machines, even about intimate matters. With these statements, I personally do not fully agree nor disagree. I feel that yes we are very in tune with our technology but not EVERYONE with technology would rather text or call than communicate face to face with a friend or family.

    p.8/29: The claim Turkle made on page 8/29 is “Technology was encouraging us to forget that the essence of conversation is one where human meanings are understood, where empathy is engaged.” She provides evidence of this claim in the following paragraphs where she discusses studies she has done. She states, “In my studies of artificial intelligence, I interviewed hundreds of people across generations who, in the course of the 1990s and early 2000s, warmed to the idea of robots as friends, of computer programs as counselors.” From these studies, I would say yes, they may be open to computers as friends or counselors but her studies did not include whether or not people would rather have robots OVER having real life friends that they may have known for years.

    P. 9/30: On page 9/30, one claim made is “My research across generations shows that some of the most impressive changes are connected to the social practices we employ with our phones and other devices.” Evidence of this claim follows in the next paragraph where Sherry states, “ Online we can curate the self as we want it seen. We can edit our conversations. We can cultivate the “right thing.” Being “polished” and indulging in the fantasy of perfection becomes more highly valued than authenticity.” With this statement, I would say I agree because nowadays when you look on social media every picture you see of a person, not one thing can be seen that is out of place. This is due to over excessive editing/photoshop that leaves the viewer thinking that the person is perfect and that may be a reason why technology can be so addicting because the undesirable parts of your life can now be fixed with a push of a couple of buttons.

  4. In the article “The Empathy gap” on page 8 Sherry Turkle’s  main thesis is  ” technology was encouraging us to forget that essence of conversation is one where human meanings are understood, where empathy is engaged”.  She uses narration on page 8 where she talks about the change that she noticed while she “first began studying life in the early 1980’s” and throughout that page she uses narration while talking about her experience. She talks about a change on that same page about how ” increasingly, with the rise of mobile devices, we were paying attention to our phones rather than each other”. I agree with her because technology was created us people use to have “face to face” conversations more and we were confident with each other but now you will see people being on their  phones rather than having a normal conversation.On page 9 Turkle’s claims that humans expect “more from technology than technology can offer” and also her second claim is that “technology has changed not only what we do, but who we are”. I agree with her both claims because our generation depends on technology more than they could imagine and technology have changed our lifestyle. At the beginning of page 9 she uses narration where she talks about  Siri. All in all, after reading this article I think that people have changed because everything that we do today somehow connects to the technologies. For example if we post a a picture on social media platforms the first thing that we do is just Photoshop everything so it would fit to whatever society expect from us. We just became too dependent on a technology.

  5. p.8/29
    In the article, “The Empathy Gap” written by Sherry Turkle, the author claim that technology is causing people to forget the essence of conversation where humans talk face-to-face. It was shown when she said, “technology was encouraging us to forget that the essence of conversation is one where human meanings are understood, where empathy is engaged”. Although I believe it is true that technology Is causing many to stop communicating with each other face-to-face, there are also many others that communicates much more thanks to technology. Since people does not know who is on the other side of the screen, people are able to act more freely without feeling the awkwardness when talking face-to-face with strangers.
    p.9/30
                    In page 9/30, Turkle claim that people are “expecting more from technology than technology can offer.” Due to the improvement of technology, many people prefer communicating with people through texting or social media. Evidence of this was stated on p.9 when Turkle talked to a therapist which respond by telling her that “clients today find it harder to concentrate on face-to-face conversations. This was also shown in p.10/31 when “many talented clinicians suffer from a crisis of confidence”, due to clinics losing customers that proves the effectiveness of therapies. I agree with her since whenever I communicate with people face-to-face, sometimes it feels very awkward especially when we run out of topic to talk about.
    p.10/31
                    In page 10/31, Turkle claims that phones are a distraction when talking with each other face-to-face. Evidence of this was stated on p.10/31, “First, it changes what people talk about-it keeps conversation light because the phone is a reminder that at any point, we might be interrupted”. Many people seem to have an addiction toward their phone that cause them to constantly look at it many times over a short period of time. When a person decide to play with their phone while the other person is talking, that might be indirectly telling the other person that you have no interest in what they are saying and can create an awkward atmosphere.

  6. p.8/29
    In the article, “The Empathy Gap” written by Sherry Turkle, the author claim that technology is causing people to forget the essence of conversation where humans talk face-to-face. It was shown when she said, “technology was encouraging us to forget that the essence of conversation is one where human meanings are understood, where empathy is engaged”. Although I believe it is true that technology Is causing many to stop communicating with each other face-to-face, there are also many others that communicates much more thanks to technology. Since people does not know who is on the other side of the screen, people are able to act more freely without feeling the awkwardness when talking face-to-face with strangers.
    p.9/30
                    In page 9/30, Turkle claim that people are “expecting more from technology than technology can offer.” Due to the improvement of technology, many people prefer communicating with people through texting or social media. Evidence of this was stated on p.9 when Turkle talked to a therapist which respond by telling her that “clients today find it harder to concentrate on face-to-face conversations. This was also shown in p.10/31 when “many talented clinicians suffer from a crisis of confidence”, due to clinics losing customers that proves the effectiveness of therapies. I agree with her since whenever I communicate with people face-to-face, sometimes it feels very awkward especially when we run out of topic to talk about.
    p.10/31
                    In page 10/31, Turkle claims that phones are a distraction when talking with each other face-to-face. Evidence of this was stated on p.10/31, “First, it changes what people talk about-it keeps conversation light because the phone is a reminder that at any point, we might be interrupted”. Many people seem to have an addiction toward their phone that cause them to constantly look at it many times over a short period of time. When a person decide to play with their phone while the other person is talking, that might be indirectly telling the other person that you have no interest in what they are saying and can create an awkward atmosphere.

  7. In Sherry Turkle’s “The Empathy Gap”, her thesis is that the rise of technology is leading to a decline in face to face conversations. Turkle believes that technology is making a face to face conversation less common. I agree with Turkle’s thesis because I have experience which supports Turkle’s claim. Whenever I go out with friends, most of them end up on their phones. On page 9, “It was essentially the argument I encountered when I appeared on a panel of engineers and social scientists to talk about the introduction of Siri, the conversational agent on Apple’s Iphone”, she uses I to show that it is a personal experience. The introduction of Siri will make people feel weird talking to each other because talking to Siri is like talking to a wall. Siri won’t humiliate humans in anyway while talking to other humans may lead to humiliation. A phone is a distraction that keeps people from talking to each other.  On page 10, “In fact, research shows that when people are together, say for lunch or a cup of coffee, even the presence of a phone on the table (even a phone turned off) does two things. First, it changes what people talk about- it keeps conversation light because the phone is a reminder that at any point, we might be interrupted…”, people are constantly distracted by social media which makes having a conversation difficult. On page 11, “Some therapists tell me that when clients tell them that they want to keep their phones out during the sessions, the therapists often say yes.”, even clients going through a therapy session need their phones because without their phones, it causes anxiety. This article is a narrative because Turkle describes her personal experiences and thoughts. For example, “And as for the therapists who leave their own phones out so that they can see incoming texts and calls, arguing that this will alert them to emergencies,” this needs to be addressed as bad practice.” and Turkle talks about her colleague’s experience which relates to her thesis.

  8. In the article ‘The Empathy Gap’ , written by Sherry Turkle her claim and thesis is shown in  pg 8 , it states “ Technology was encouraging us to forget that the essence of conversation is one where human meanings are understood, where empathy is engaged” . Turkle main point is to prove that technology is starting to take roles that we humans should  not allow because the roles are , in a way part of being humans such as the role of a therapist. A machine cannot take such a role because it would not comprehend the clients feeling or they issues , it can act like it understands and states facts but it would never truly understand what the clients feels because in reality a machine has no feelings. Turkle continues her point by  explaining  how phones have taken over our lives , in pg 10 she continues “Two people conversations that take place with a phone on the table leave each person feeling less of a sense of connection and commitment to the other”. Turkle explains that phones leaves less of a connection between two people or even a group of people getting together for either lunch , dinner or other activities.

    I agree with Turkle because her points makes a lot of sense , our world is only advancing with technology and is making less room for human connections. Now a days phones are everywhere , I do not think I’ve met someone without a phone or some kind of technology and with all of those advancements , theirs consequences such as less communication between friends , family or even romantic interest , is a if we’re replacing our feeling and communication with technology and that usually result in us not really truly knowing anything about anyone .

  9. In the article “The Empathy Gap”, written by Sherry Tuckle on page 8 it shows her claim and thesis and it says,“Technology was encouraging us to forget that the essence of conversation is one where human meanings are understood, where empathy is engaged” . This is saying that technology wants us to forget any human conversation and depend more on tech instead of human beings. If I were to be a therapist, but one day they create a robot then they would feel more comfortable to talk to the robot and they would take over in “helping” the human being. But one thing a robot doesn’t have is feelings, unless it has a mind of its own. Turkle continues her point by talking about the one thing we use everyday in our lives, which is our phone. On page 10 she continues, “Two people conversations that take place with a phone on the table leave each person feeling less of a sense of connection and commitment to the other”.  Turkle makes her point by saying we use our phones everywhere and we don’t even notice people around us. Even when we go out to dinner with friends or even your boyfriend its hard to make conversation since we mostly talk through our phones. So instead of having small talk while waiting for the food, we just use our phones to make time pass. I agree with Turkle, we lost our way since technology has been upgraded through time. Most likely everyone in this planet has some sort of technology. We seen everybody with it and they use it everyday. Its hard to let got of because it a part of yourself inside a machine. All your notes, music, etc is a part of yourself inside the phone so we can’t let go. We already depend so much on technology that we don’t realize whats going on around us. We are too invested and already sucked in that its close to controlling us.
     

  10. p.8/29

    In the article “The Empathy Gap” by, Sherry Turkle, the author show her thesis on the introduction part of her article, which is about the empathy that causing by technology, beacuse human are forget the essence of face to face conversation to understand other people. There does have narrative on the article, because text is about what author tell reader about what has been through, which can also been see as she is telling her own story. The occurring change show on the article is about human change from face to face communication to more like take it through the artificial intelligence, and want to be the friend with robot. In my opinion, I agree with Sherry Turkle, because in today, human like to do anything through the artificial intelligence, the only thing they have to do is said it, like Siri and Google Home, they don’t even have to move their finger.

    p.9/30

    In page 9, Turkle states that “It didn’t seem to bother him that Siri, in the role of psychiatrist, would be counseling people about their lives without having lived one. If Siri coulbe behace like a psychiatrist, he said, it could be a psychiatrist.” According to this statement, we can see that artificial intelligence is starting take over the some role of human, and people didn’t feel weird. That make me feel that people are trying to prevent the face to face conversation, probably because they don’t want to go out, and for some people that probably can make them more confortable.

  11. In the article, “ The Empathy Gap”, the author, Sherry Turkle, thesis is technology is inspiring us to depend on them than ourselves. According to page 8, “ we expected more from technology and less from each other,” said Turkle. I agree with Turkle thesis  because in the future,technology will take over us, and we’ll have no control for ourselves.

    On page 9, “ Digital culture threatens our capacity for spontaneous  talk,and perhaps even more importantly, it undermines our ability to understand the value of talk, said Turkle.  She meant, not only there is a lack of communication,there is also lack of connection between each other.  You think it’s fine by just texting but it’s not.  A therapist needs to report a person who has been using their phone would majority of the day.

    On Page 10, “… The importance of the therapist role in our digital culture…sitting quietly with a client, giving that person full attention, creating a space to pay attention to the ones own thoughts and listen to another,” said Turkle. In my opinion, people will express their thoughts more in person than through a mobile device.

    On page 11, “Only when we gather ourselves can we turn to others in really hear what they have to say, really hear who they are, rather than projecting onto them what we need them to be saying to support our fragile sense of self,” said Turkle. This means,  we can observe each other more through person than rather thinking about who person we talking to online looks like.

  12. Turkle’s thesis in “The Empathy Gap” is that people want more from technology than from each other. She uses narrative at the beginning of the page by saying “we were increasingly willing to talk to machines even about intimate matters.” she is saying this because we are willing to trust technology more than people.  I agree that many people have taken a leap into technology but I still think that many people would still wanna hang out and have in-person conversations.
     
    On page 9 “didn’t seem to bother him that Siri would be counseling people about their lives without having lived one.” This is saying that machines are programmed to have a basic human life without actually living a life like a normal person.
    On page 10 she says “ we want to be with each other but also connected.” This is saying that as much as we want face to face conversations our mobile devices would always be on our mind and less focused on what is being said.

  13. In the article by The Empathy Gap by Sherry Turkle, author demonstrates her thesis by claiming that technology is taking over. On page 8, she states that “We were increasingly willing to talk to machines, even about intimate matters. And… we were paying attention to our phones rather than each other.” This proves that author want us to pay attention to the how our relationship changed from time to time with humans and technology. Another sentence, that could also be thesis is “In both cases, there was a flight from face-to-face conversation.” This means that technology was able to replace many of human abilities, such as conversation. There is narrative here since she is talking about story from her point of view, especially knowing that she started article with “When I first”. I somewhat disagree to her point, because I think technology has really impacted humans negatively, but mostly positively. While there are some things that is very harmful to us, it also helps us in some ways. For example, we are willing to talk to machines about intimate matters, because we are comfortable doing so. Back then, we did not have choice whether we talk to humans or machines, so they were doing only thing they could, but as of today, we have choice and some people tend to be more trusting towards machines then people, and I do not think this particular example has anything to do with how bad technology is. However, another Turkle also mentioned mobile devices, and how it makes us pay more attention to them, rather than each other. In my opinion, this claim of the author is certainly true, because cell phones have replaced a lot of things like newspapers, games, even controlling money and many other. Though, we can still be more human-like and talk to each other face-to-face but we choose not to, probably because somewhat depend on it, or at least we tend to believe.

  14. 8/29

    In “The Empathy Gap” by Sherry Turkle the author talks about technology’s effect on people and their ability to properly connect with others. The thesis of this article is on the second paragraph of the first page, “In both cases technology was encouraging us to forget that the essence of conversation is one where human meanings are understood, where empathy is engaged”. Turkle used narrative to talk about how she personally saw people using online chat rooms back in the 1980s to communicate with each other and throughout the 1990s she noticed that people were using avatars to expand their s name of themselves. She was enthusiastic about internet communication before but she realized that people changed ant they were now more interested in talking to machines than other people face to face. I  agree with Turkle’s claim that face to face communication offers a chance for empathy to be exchanged. I realized that when I text someone or even use FaceTime to talk to them I don’t get the chance to read their body language or really see the way that they would act if we were face to face. Being able to see and analyze the way people act in real life helps me to empathize with them better.

    9/30

    The claim on this page is in the second paragraph,”Before we’d created machines that could understand us we’d changed ourselves to be ready for them: we’d diminished our appreciation for our own human conversation”. The evidence for this claim came from the narrative in the first paragraph where she went to a panel of engineers to talk about the introduction of Siri on iPhones. The social scientists talked about the possibility of Siri functioning as a psychiatrist that can counsel people. Turkle found that later on in the early 2000s this idea of a machine being better at being a psychologist became more widespread. I think that when it comes to things like conversation and relationships it’s important for it to be amongst humans because a machine can’t ever reply and talk to you the same way that another person would. For therapy especially it’s important to hear things from another person so it feels like a real connection.

    10/31

    On this page the claim is,”More and more we turn away from each other as our face to face communication competes with our phones”. Some of the evidence used to show the claim is the topic of “the rule of three”. When a conversation is between six people, at least three of them should be actively paying attention to the person speaking and not looking at their phones before you allow yourself to look at your phone. The conversation seems to just be the speaker trying to keep peoples attention instead of actually connecting with the person they’re talking to. Narrative was used when Turkle talked about how therapists lose confidence in their profession as clients only check in once in a few months even if they are urged to go more. I think that phones sometimes allow people to easily cop out of having to pay attention to what people are talking about and it can make the speaker feel like they’re being ignored. I notice sometimes that you could be talking to someone and they randomly check their phone and it feels like you’re not keeping their attention even though I do it sometimes too. Phones give people a way to cop out of having to pay attention fully to what others are saying and it makes the conversation seem less interesting or important to the person talking.

    11/32

    The claim on this page is in the second paragraph,” The capacity for solitude is a cornerstone for the capacity for relationship”. The evidence for this claim us shown in the narrative of the college student named Vanessa. She explains that she uses her phone to avoid having to be alone with her thoughts or talk to other people even though it’s not a healthy way of living. In order for a child to not feel lonely when they’re alone they learn from adults how to be comfortable with solitude. I think that therapy is meant to copy this stage of development by letting clients feel comfortable alone with the therapist so they will later feel comfortable being alone with themselves. Constantly using phones makes it difficult for someone to learn how to really enjoy solitude and eventually be able to have relationships with others.

  15. In the article ‘The Empathy Gap’ , Sherry Turkle writes about how technology has taken over face-to-face communication with one another. Her thesis in this article is her belief that, “… technology [is] encouraging us to forget that the essence of conversation is one where human meanings are understood, where empathy is engaged (Page 8).” The authors narrative shows us her experience with her thesis , explaining how she first-hand noticed the change in communication amongst her peers starting from the early 80’s until the late 90’s. The change that’s being shown here is people are getting more comfortable with the common use of technology as it advances throughout the years. I agree with Turkle, as I too observed this change : remembering phones before apps & front-facing cameras, watches that just told time & antennas on televisions. I notice a few of Turkle’s claims on pages 9 & 10. On page 9, Turkle writes, “… they may not even see it’s value-“ referring to therapists admitting some clients find it hard to focus on face-to-face convention, “feeling more comfortable with the self they can present on their screens.” On page 10, Turkle writes, “More & more we turn away from each other as our face-to-face communication competes with our phones.” I agree with Turkle when she expresses her opinion that technology creates a new state of the self because technology has changed humans way of life & humans in general. The therapy option was a great example to prove my point because it shows how video chat is something so common & comfortable with many people compared to twenty years ago when video chatting wasn’t an option. On page 11, Turkle paraphrases from Winnicott, “If you don’t teach your children to be alone, they’ll only know how to be lonely.” I can agree to this because sometimes it’s okay to have some alone time just by yourself , even if your in a public area, you can be alone but not “lonely”.It can be hard not to mistake these two when you never get a chance to experience alone time, without others.

  16. In Sherry Turkel’s, “The Empathy Gap”, she claims that technology and machines are the reason for less empathy in humans.  There is narrative when she tells a story of her time studying online.  The change being shown is when she says that people really on technology to communicate rather than human-to-human communication.  I agree because most conversation happen online.

    I notice a claim on page 9 when she says it’s harder for people to have face-to-face conversations due to technology.  The evidence for this is when she says that it is becoming more common for people to talk to Siri rather than engage in human conversation. I notice narrative when she tells a story of how a boy would rather ask the internet about girls than his father because the internet has more i for Amarion and cases.

    On page 10 Turkel claims that even having a phone near you decreases the empathetic connection you will have while engaging in a conversation.  The evidence for this is when she says having a phone present will have each person feeling less of a sense of connection.  There is an example of a narrative when she describes how people lives on the screen is completely different outside it and how expectations for the real world decrease.

    On page 11 Turkel also claims that phones are a way to relax and keep someone calm.  The evidence for this can be seen towards the bottom of the page when she says that clients of therapist often allow their clients to keep their phones out as a way to calm the person.  A narrative can be seen when she talks about why people leave there phones visible during therapy sessions.

  17. In the article “The Empathy Gap” by Sherry Turkle the writer shows her thesis along with her claim by stating that “technology was encouraging us to forget that the essence of conversation is one where human meanings are understood where empathy is engaged.” Turkle also uses narrative on page 8 to give a background to this thesis by explaining her past studies on technology from the 1980’s and how lots has changed since that time. For example she mentions mobile phones and how we dedicate more time to them then each other “increasingly, with the rise of mobile devices, we were paying attention to our phones rather than each other.” I do agree with this claim because we use our phones day in and day out for what could be considered the simplest tasks. Therefore this shows how society has changed and has become more dependent on technology rather then themselves. The author also talks about therapists and how humans are more comfortable speaking to machines rather then other humans “We were increasingly willing to talk to machines, even about intimate matters.” However I disagree with this because a machine does not live the same life that we do, they especially don’t feel any emotions like us. This could hinder the reality of machines replacing therapists because they do not share the same human attributes which are essential to fixing these types of problems.

  18. p.8/29 In the article, “The Empathy Gap” written by Sherry Turkle, her thesis was claimed in pg 8”Technology was encouraging us to forget that the essence of conversation is one where human meanings are understood, where empathy is engaged” her point is the technology start making people communication on the phone instead of face to face conversations. I agree with her because technology causing us to have less face to face communication. Sometimes when I eat with my friend they don’t talk much instead of looking at their phone.

    p.9/30 On page 9 ”In the past decade, technology has changed not only what we do, but who we are”, she claims that technology may change a person. Some people would like to communicate with others face to face, but from now on most of the new generation prefer using technology to communicate with others. I agree with her because when we walk on the street we could see most of the people are looking at their phone.

    p.10/31 On page 10 ”In fact, research shows that when people are together, say for lunch or a cup of coffee, even the presence of a phone on the table…..empathic connection.”, she claims technology is a reminder of something, we might be interrupted by these things. I agree with her because when I have an important conversation with someone I don’t want to be interrupted or stopped because of the phone.

    p.11/32 On page 11 ”Children learn the capacity to be alone by being ”alone with” caring adults. She claims children could learn how to alone by using technology. I agree with her because in today’s society we could do and learn a lot of things from technology.

     

  19. In the article “The Empathy Gap” written by Sherry Turtle. Her thesis is claimed on pg 8 when she says “Technology is encouraging ppl to forget the importances of everyday face to face conversation. I agree with this statement a lot because since everything is via email or text. Why would I have to get up out the bed to go somewhere when I can do it in the comfort of my home. Even when I’m around my family I will text my brother who’s five feet away about a conversation we could have face to face.

    pg.9: Turtle says “our willingness to talk to machines is part of a culture of forgetting that challenges psychotherapy today”.” what we’re forgetting Is what makes people special, what makes conversation authentic, what makes it human, what makes psychotherapy the talking cure.

    pg.10 ” More and more, we turn away from each other as our fact to face communication competes with our phones. we want to be with each other, but to also so be connected to other people and places online.

    pg.11 Vanessa says ” As long as I have my phone, I’d never just sit  alone and think”and “My phone is my safety mechanism from having to talk to new people, or letting my mind wander”.

     

  20. –p. 8 / 29

    In “The Empathy Gap” Turkle makes the connection between technology and people. Turkle believes that as time goes on, people have developed a deep connection with technology which has been able to change the lives of many in a multitude of ways. “We were increasingly willing to talk to machines, even about intimate matters. and increasingly, with the rise of mobile devices, we were paying attention to our phones rather than each other.” While machines were evolving, people have become more attached to them.

    –p. 9 / 30

    Phones nowadays usually have an AI built into them and with a high tech phone like an iphone, you can just ask it for something and it could possibly be done. “it was essentially the argument I encountered when I appeared on a panel of engineers and social scientists to talk about the introduction of siri, the conversational agent on apples iphone. the topic turned to how much people like to talk to Siri, part of the general phenomenon that people feel uninhibited when they talk to a machine.” people feel more relaxed talking to a machine than they do with other people.

    –p. 10 / 31

    With people constantly being glued to technology, it is hard to tell what someone is actually thinking compared to a time where most of the talk with someone was face to face. “In 2010, a team at the university of Michigan led by the psychologist Sara Konrath put together the findings of 72 studies conducted over a 30 year period and found a 40 percent decline in the markers for empathy (measured as the ability to recognize and identify the feelings of others) among college students”.  With the way technology works now some people feel the need to not have to say much to someone in person when they can do it over the phone or through other services, people tend to show more emotion through technology than in person in some cases. Technology has the ability to make it harder for people to express themselves in the real world.

    –p. 11 / 32

    People are glued to their phones in order to be prepared for anything in case there is some type of emergency. “a client who has a phone out isn’t cultivating the capacity to pay full attention to another person. and as for the therapists who leave their own phones out so that they can see incoming texts and calls, arguing that this will alert them to “emergencies,” this needs to be addressed as a bad practice. what Turkle is trying to say in this section is that if people pay any attention to their phone, they are not giving another person the attention that they deserve at the moment that you are with them. When people are working with patients like a therapist, you should not be able to have your phone out because people can get easily distracted by any little thing that can seem like an “emergency”.

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