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Flight From Conversation

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Justin Suen

on 11 February 2015

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Transcript of Flight From Conversation

Sacrificing Conversation for Connection
(Middle Group)
Summary of
Sherry Turkle's Argument
Our Main Argument
Through reading the article ‘A Flight From Conversation’, written by Sherry Turkle, I have learned that there are many issue she brings up that i agree with, such as little sips of social media will never amount to a conversation. On-the-other-hand, I disagree with her points such as conversations online build fear for real conversations into the upcoming generation.

A Flight From Conversation

Sips Turned to Gulps?
Silence of Connection
In Sherry Turkle’s, New York Times article, “The Flight From conversation”, the author suggests that although we live in a world that is communicating we have “sacrificed personal conversation for online connection” and that “We have become accustomed to a new way of being alone together”. “Technology- enabled we are able to be with one another, and also elsewhere, connected to wherever we want to be.” Turkle supports her claims by pointing out that she has studied mobile connection technologies for numerous years, talked to hundreds of people of all ages about their “plugged- in” lives, and researched people and their relationships with technology. Turkles purpose is to warn her audience that if you let your life get too busy connecting with people rather than communicating with people , you can potentially harm friendships and relationships by starving them of the nourishment that is needed to make them grow, such as: patience, self-reflection, trust, human experience, wisdom, etc., by substituting them with little “sips of communication”, which we convince ourselves that it is the same as a face to face conversation. The audience she directs this article to is adults, parents of children, and teachers about how important it is to make time for human interaction in life. Get offline for a while, interact with others, explore and enjoy your surroundings.

Our Supporting Evidence
Final Thoughts
"Modern Technology Is Changing the Way Our Brains Work, Says Neuroscientist." Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2015.

Singh, Hansdeep, Jaspreet Singh, and Linda Raftree. "Technology: Using Power for Good." Technology: Using Power for Good. Guardian Professional, n.d. Web.

Turkle, Sherry. "The Flight From Conversation." The New York Times. The New York Times, 21 Apr. 2012. Web. 28 Jan. 2015.

"Connecting Art, Science and Technology: Jeff Hazelton at TEDxSarasota." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2015.

"We are tempted to think that our little "sips" of online connection add up to a big gulp of real conversation. But they don't"
Many people are brought up in a society where they believe that that having more friends and having conversataions online add up to a major portion of connection. They believe that by talking to their friends online or posting things online they stay connected and end up learning more about the person, however, they do not realize that by talking strictly online, there is only so much that you will know about them. You may make some memories online with your friends, however, at the end of the day, memories that are made when physically being with friends adds up to a sea of connection compared to the sips that we receive when conversing through technology.
Although I agree with Sherry Turkle’s argument that no matter how much time we spend connecting online
via messaging and social media, they don’t substitute for personal conversation and relationship.
She believes a large number of people are only connected by tiny touch screen. Even though these kind of people have different kinds of relationship, but once they get rid of their devices, they lose all those relationships. Like the comment earlier, Sherry Turkles does not state any dependable resources. In my opinion, it is true.
Sherry Turkle is persuading the general public to become aware of the negative impact that technology has in both face to face conversation and in relationships.

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