“Stop Googling. I want to talk to you.”

flickr photo by Mark Nye, ClubofHumanBeings.com http://flickr.com/photos/marknye/8241325991 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND)

flickr photo by Mark Nye, ClubofHumanBeings.com http://flickr.com/photos/marknye/8241325991 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND)

Thoughtful New York Times Oped by Sherry Turkle:

“COLLEGE students tell me they know how to look someone in the eye and type on their phones at the same time, their split attention undetected. They say it’s a skill they mastered in middle school when they wanted to text in class without getting caught. Now they use it when they want to be both with their friends and, as some put it, “elsewhere.”

These days, we feel less of a need to hide the fact that we are dividing our attention. In a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, 89 percent of cellphone owners said they had used their phones during the last social gathering they attended. But they weren’t happy about it; 82 percent of adults felt that the way they used their phones in social settings hurt the conversation.” Read the entire piece here.

You may remember Turkle’s TED talk Connected, but Alone:

She takes her ideas further in new book out called Reclaiming Conversation. You can read a review here.

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