Lost in the Digital World
Technology is everywhere in today’s society. It is how we communicate with others, sense of communication and even how we turn in our essays for an English class. It is beneficial to the world in so many ways but at the same time it also has many negative effects. In the article “Can You Hear Me Now?” by Sherry Turkle, she explores how technology is affecting our daily lives, especially communication. Before the article even begins there is a quote “Thanks to technology, people have never been more connected—or more alienated” (270). The author explains that through technology our bond with communication is getting weaker and more people rely on technology to control their lives, rather than having control of their own lives.
First gives the example of her being at a conference and not a single person can get off technology to even pay attention to what they even came to the conference for. In my personal opinion it shows that we have lost respect for people and have gained more respect for technology and what is going on with the digital world more than the real world. “Every once in a while audience members give the speaker some attention, lowering their laptop screens in a kind of digital curtsy” (270). How can we expect someone to listen to us if we cannot even pay attention to them in person? Technology is often the easy way out and it shows through business meetings, families, and how kids are being raised in society in this time.
A business meeting is a very personal thing. It is not just what you talk about but it is also how the person looks, communicates in person, and just that vibe you get when you know how to handle people. “Consultants used to talk to one another as they wanted to give presentations; now they spend that time doing email” (271). Technology is so impersonal that it makes people unconnected personally. I agree with the author as she criticizes the technology world. “We are connected, tethered, so...
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