The Flight From Conversation

  • metta

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    Oct 07, 2015 6:59 PM GMT
    The Flight From Conversation


    The psychologist Sherry Turkle argues that replacing face-to-face communication with smartphones is diminishing people’s capacity for empathy.


    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/10/reclaiming-conversation-sherry-turkle/409273/
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    Oct 08, 2015 6:36 PM GMT
    Makes sense to me, especially when I see these droids walking around staring into their i-phones oblivious to everything going on around them. It's actually kind of fun to go for a walk and count how many times you have to say, "Heads up!" to avoid their walking right into you.
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    Oct 08, 2015 8:30 PM GMT
    MGINSD saidMakes sense to me, especially when I see these droids walking around staring into their i-phones oblivious to everything going on around them. It's actually kind of fun to go for a walk and count how many times you have to say, "Heads up!" to avoid their walking right into you.


    I just stand still, brace myself, and let them walk into me. It's fun to see how startled they are.
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    Oct 08, 2015 8:48 PM GMT
    This website is an example of that. The way some people treat each other on here is insane.
  • LEANDRO_NJ

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    Oct 08, 2015 9:13 PM GMT
    woodfordr saidThis website is an example of that. The way some people treat each other on here is insane.


    1000+
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    Oct 08, 2015 9:49 PM GMT
    I wish I could remember the researcher. Back when flush toilets became widely available, the idea was put forth that not having to clean out chamber pots would make people too delicate and not able to deal with the harsh realities of life.
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    Oct 08, 2015 9:53 PM GMT
    metta saidThe Flight From Conversation


    The psychologist Sherry Turkle argues that replacing face-to-face communication with smartphones is diminishing people’s capacity for empathy.


    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/10/reclaiming-conversation-sherry-turkle/409273/



    I didn't need to see a study to know this.
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    Oct 08, 2015 9:56 PM GMT
    I have news for her. It started long before cell phones. Cell phones just exacerbated the problem.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Oct 08, 2015 10:12 PM GMT
    MGINSD saidMakes sense to me, especially when I see these droids walking around staring into their i-phones oblivious to everything going on around them. It's actually kind of fun to go for a walk and count how many times you have to say, "Heads up!" to avoid their walking right into you.


    When I am on the bus here in Chicago going to work in the morning, there is literally not one person who is not looking at or playing with their phone. we've become a society of robots.
  • tazzari

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    Oct 08, 2015 10:27 PM GMT
    woodfordr saidThis website is an example of that. The way some people treat each other on here is insane.


    +1!
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    Oct 09, 2015 2:15 AM GMT
    I keep reading this as "Flight Form Conversation." Too much WoW (video game) icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 09, 2015 3:14 AM GMT
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    Earlier tonight a cousin on the phone was complaining about the rampant ageism of millennials in her office, describing it as overwhelming, and being sad that she couldn't understand where it was coming from. She knew she'd never seen it before.

    Even when we were younger, when the cultural theme was "don't trust anyone over 30", we weren't rude on a personal level like these kids today. So of course I shared with her the horseshit that goes on this forum. How the millennials relish even in homophobia to inflict their ageist views.

    I suggested to her that the cause was technology, helicopter parents who accepted computers as substitute babysitters, the lack of socializing in person, of seeing facial expressions, of the threat of getting hit for what you say, these things that keep a person in line, that reduce opportunity to both develop empathy and practice compassion.

    I've mentioned on this forum before that I think it a temporary glitch. That we have gone from the summer of love, to the winter of discontent but I believe that once technology advances further, once implants allow people to share thoughts and emotions directly with each other, that the summer seeds we sowed in the 60s and 70s, even through the muck of the 00s, will spring forth an empathic society that might surpass any we've known before.

    The trick will be getting over this millennial hump. I think they will have to die off first. Because the technology which truly connects might be another generation or two or three away. And the kids growing up today who lack empathy will be the adults tomorrow with their finger on the button. May humanity survive itself.
  • metta

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    Nov 10, 2015 9:04 PM GMT