Alone Together

Alone Together

Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other

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Baker & Taylor
In "Alone Together," MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It's a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for--and sacrificing--in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today's self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity.

Perseus Publishing
A wake-up call from a cyber-expert: our use of technology is fueling disturbing levels of isolation, leaving us incapable of distinguishing between true human connection and digital communication

Technology has become the architect of our intimacies. Online, we fall prey to the illusion of companionship, gathering thousands of Twitter and Facebook friends, and confusing tweets and wall posts with authentic communication. But this relentless connection leads to a deep solitude. MIT professor Sherry Turkle argues that as technology ramps up, our emotional lives ramp down. Based on hundreds of interviews and with a new introduction taking us to the present day, Alone Together describes changing, unsettling relationships between friends, lovers, and families.

Book News
In this final volume in a trilogy of works on computers and people that includes The Second Self and Life on the Screen, Turkle (social studies of science, M.I.T.), presents an important exploration of the psychological effects of computers on decision making and relationship building in a culture increasingly filled with technology dependence and social networking. Based on fifteen years of research and numerous interviews with adults and children, the work explores the development of new types of relationships among families and peer groups that are moderated by technology, the quality and psychological health of these relationships and a growing reaction to, and rejection of, this new cultural norm. This is a paperbound reprint of the 2011 clothbound edition. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2011
ISBN: 9780465031467
Characteristics: xvii, 360 p. ; 25 cm


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JCLMargaretO Jul 25, 2017

A wonderfully readable non-fiction showing us where we are emotionally concerning the internet and how it's changed how we relate to others. Ms. Turkle has done a great job in translating all those facts and statistics into tangible, real life scenarios we can all relate to. The author addresses the question, "Have we advanced in our efforts to connect with each other given all our technological advances?" You might be surprised.

May 11, 2011

Interesting read - some great insights along with some obvious ones, but definitely thought-provoking overall. The sociology behind FaceBook and the bittersweet delusion of the "companion robot" were of particular interest!

Mar 01, 2011

Turkle focuses on two subjects--robots and electronic communications--and how they are changing our relationships with each other. She makes one think seriously about how we are using these tools and about their benefits and costs.

debwalker Feb 05, 2011

Is the mobile Internet age producing people who are fragile, narcissistic, and, ironically, more isolated? So argues Turkle, professor and clnical psychologist.


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debwalker Feb 05, 2011

From interview of Turkle in the Globe and Mail Feb 4 2011:
"We need to celebrate these technologies but if they're interfering with our ability to have dinner with our families, no. I literally went to two funerals - what's with the texting at funerals? Take a moment. This is a life. This isn't about manners - this isn't about my wagging a finger like some kind of Dear Abby of the Internet age. This is about losing our sense of what we're supposed to do for each other."

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