NPR: Science Friday: Sherry Turkle: Reclaiming Conversation

“This new mediate life has gotten us into trouble. Face-to-face conversation is the most human – and humanizing – thing we do. Fully present to one another, we learn to listen. It’s where we develop the capacity for empathy. It’s where we experience the joy of being heard, of being understood.”  Sherry Turk, Reclaiming Conversation.

In her new book, Reclaiming Conversation, Sherry Turkle examines how smartphones and social media have crowded out real conversation. She says “human relationships are rich, messy, and demanding. When we clean them up with technology, we move from conversation to the efficiencies of mere connection.” Turkle explores the power of face-to-face conversation in a time of “always on”technological connection.