Internet Dependency

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Over the past several years relationships have shifted their focus. Instead of talking and calling others people choose to send them a text. People may not realize the effects this dependency has on many aspects of life. Society has become so dependent on the availability of the internet. People are so dependent that it is driving other things out of today’s culture. Maps are no longer on large sheets of paper, but on the screen of phones. Calling and texting are so common that people have lost the art of creating hand written letters. Although internet research is quick and efficient it is beginning to replace libraries. News is being reported online, so people no longer feel that it is necessary to receive a printed newspaper. The cameras …show more content…
Turkle believes that society is so easily influenced by technology because it “appeals to us most where we are most vulnerable” (TED). In human conversations there are certain topics that are avoided, or taken into account very carefully. A couple of those points might include references towards political or religious views. Turkle attacks these head on in her interview with Moyers. People are so eager to like a status about Christianity or a presidential candidates, but how many of those people actually vote in elections or attend services? In these examples the internet is used as a protective barrier. People can be and say almost anything they want, but stay hidden from critics. Saying something over a text or post isn’t nearly as difficult as speaking to the person or people face to face. Devices become popular because they give something to their users that they couldn’t get on their own. For some, the internet may be linked to their confidence or social status. The confidence may be good or bad. If the individual is willing to support themselves in front of a live audience and keep that same opinion throughout their entire life then it is a good thing, but if their views change they are stuck in their mistakes …show more content…
These ideals have been altered. If someone has one social media account they typically have several and are considered “in”. If an individual has no accounts then they are considered out of touch or lame. It is an all or nothing agreement. Connections online are so common that some fear human communication is losing its importance. It is all part of a circle described by Turkle as, “moments of more and lives of less” (TED). People may get so caught up into forming multiple connections at once that they forget the importance of intimate connections individually. When face to face conversation is lost then the ability to self-reflect is also sacrificed. She believes people as a whole do not want to be alone or face loneliness, but they are afraid to form relationships or hold conversation. There may not be a problem with the solitude most fear. Loneliness is like a disease and connection has become more of a symptom than a cure. Social media is used to help people feel less lonely instead of leaning on other people to help. Turkle says that “if you don’t teach them to be alone, they’ll only be lonely” (Moyers). Spending more time alone allows people to appreciate and feel a sense of fullness when conversation is available to them. In general connections are being taken for granted and not given the proper attention. Turkle reflects on

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