Connectivity And Its Distraction Sherry Turkle Analysis

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Sherry Turkle’s essay “Connectivity and Its Disconnects” talks about how online connections may make people feel closer to each other yet pull them further apart because of things people do like multitasking. She further talks about this disorientation and feeling “alone and together” when interacting with people online, because she is talking to them and seeing them without them actually being there. Turkle gives an example of her friend, Ellen, who talks to her grandmother over skype and feels guilty because she feels as if connecting with her grandmother was “another task among multitasking”. This results in false intimacy and fake relationships. The question of whether social media and online connections have positive or negative outcomes …show more content…
are all very efficient and money saving, especially for those who live in foreign countries and want to stay in touch with their family or friends. These applications are free, fast and effective because they include video chat. I personally cannot imagine not talking to my father, who lives overseas, everyday. It is the only way that I can stay in touch with him, without taking a 16 hour flight to go visit him. Opponents will argue that Skype isn't the ideal way to spend time with your loved ones because it is not reality. Moreover, you are easily tempted to do other things and not focus on the conversation. However, this is a weak argument because it simply does not apply to everyone. The author's friend, Ellen says “I do my emails during the calls. I'm not really paying attention to our conversation”. However, this appears to be a personal problem where there is a lack of self control. Besides, there are 405 million people who have and use a skype account according to the skype website, her experience does not reflect/replace this huge amount of …show more content…
How many times do you catch yourself checking the number of likes and comments after posting something on social media? The more followers people have, the more social and popular they become in people’s eyes. Everyone seeks to impress their colleagues, friends, family, etc. I can say that this is the common mentality nowadays because I experience it first-hand almost always. From friends asking me to like and comment on their pictures to friends who end relationships and friendships with a click on the “unfriend” or block button. Papadomichelaki and Vance question, “But doesn't this striving for popularity by collecting friends as a form of currency debase the whole idea of friendship-lasting bonds built through shared experiences, attachments, affinity, rapport, understanding?” The biggest drawback of social media applications is that it significantly minimizes socializing in real life, which causes us to miss out on precious moments and beautiful memories.
These days, If you don't snapchat an event, where you really there and did it really happen? People are often worried about how they well they captured certain moments on snapchat rather than actually living the moment and having fun. At concerts, we usually see thousands of hands, high in the air, carrying devices trying to record the artist, musician, surrounding, etc through their little screens

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