The Flight From Conversation Sparknotes
In boyd's novel, she examines the use of social media and how teens use it to connect with each other. She mainly focuses on the positives of connection, and how technology is used to supplement our lives, rather than decrease the quality of them. When she talks about the football game she …show more content…
The teen's Facebook profile was full of photos from the game along with comments and statuses filled with references to the conversations she had the night before; in this case, social media was used to extend connections and the pleasure of having made those connections long after the game ended. Social media's not used to keep people away from each other, but rather to come together even when they can't physically be together. We live in a world where immediate conversation can happen due to the use of technology, which has reshaped the way we communicate with each other. As boyd likes to point out, she doesn't see this as a bad thing. Humans are still capable of bonding with each other, we just have a slightly different way of doing so than we used to.
On the other hand, Turkle shows the downsides of social media and technology usage. While boyd mentions some of the negative consequences of the technological age, her main message is that