Erik Turkle's What Narrative Is Built?

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What narrative is built?

Turkle builds and explains a narrative throughout her book that essentially states technology is taking away the importance of conversation and therefore our students and kids all around lack empathy. We do not need to necessarily get rid of technology to build empathy in our students and children, but we need to be able to still live our lives as we normally would have before all of this new technology, while still being able to find a happy balance between using technology and not having technology at all. Throughout the book, Turkle provides us with examples and metaphors of three different aspects of the human experience and life using Thoreau’s metaphor of three chairs; solitude, friendship and society. While
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The three chair metaphor is the perfect way to explain this. Turkle’s narrative challenges children everywhere, from kids at home to kids at school. It is important to remember that this does not just impact children. Adults are also lacking empathy by using technology to hide behind instead of dealing with anything face to face. Both parents and kids are guilty of this- they may all be sitting in the same room together, but they are all on different devices not paying attention to each other. Turkle refers to Erik Erikson’s idea that parents need to build a basic trust as a building block for all development (2015, p. 113). If parents are just as distracted by technology as their kids, how are they going to build the trust and relationships needed to help kids have real …show more content…
They are glued to their screens, causing unifocus that prevents them from hearing anything going on around them; a selective deafness. At family gatherings, it is convenient to not have them running around being obnoxious, but it prevents them from experiencing the conversations going on around them and learning practiced behavior in a safe environment.. Allowing them so much screen time actually creates more problems because they get irrationally angry or upset when we take the screens away from them. It is odd because when my aunt asked my cousin’s teachers about how they each are with the Chromebooks in school, they follow all rules and listen to what they are supposed to do. There is some sort of disconnect between what is happening at home with screens and technology versus what is happening at school. It is as if they feel no empathy about how they treat my aunt when it comes to the

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