Why We're Alone Even When We're Together

September 2, 2017

For three decades, MIT professor Sherry Turkle's been looking at the ways we interact with machines. She believes our digital devices are taking a toll on our personal relationships.



If you enjoyed this chat with Turkle, check out her TEDtalk from 2012.
There she argues, "Human relationships are rich, and they're messy, and they're demanding. And we clean them up with technology." She gets deeper into her fear that people are trivializing human to human interaction, and that more contact does not mean quality contact. She says, "We use conversations with each other to learn how to have conversations with ourselves, so a flight from conversation can really matter, because it can compromise our capacity for self-reflection." I think this is the core of what's disturbing about our growing inclinations to be alone, even when we're together.