The Tethered Self Analysis

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“My cell phone is my best friend. It 's my lifeline to the outside world.” said Carrie Underwood, an famous American country singer. In Sherry Turkle’s article “Always-on/Always-on-You: The Tethered Self”. She discusses how people in todays society are always attached to their devices even when its off. If you asked me for my input 2 years ago I would of probably disagreed with it, but today I couldn’t agree more. Turkle’s mentions in her article that if you go to a train station is no longer a communal space people no longer speak to each, instead they are tethered to their devices. “Each person at the station is more likely to be having an encounter with someone miles away”(122) “People ignoring those on they are physically with to give …show more content…
Turkle mentioned “People develop a sense that they cannot keep up with their own lives” (130). We could be trying to focus on one task and have the phone vibrating on the wooden table making an annoying noise. The minute we pick up the phone to check what caused that vibration we already mentally checked out of the task we were doing prior. I have does this countless times and will probably continue to do so in the future. I’m not the only one; many people are libraries or study rooms tend to be on their phone and laptop surfing the web mindlessly for a good part of their time. Adam Gazzaley from CNN wrote an article about how the brain reactions to technology. “When you have a cell phone buzzing, an email blinking in the lower corner of your screen, a new Facebook message, a tweet, and your boss burning in your ear, it’s going to be a little challenging to focus, and this level of demand is commonplace. According to Gazzaley, our brains are very sensitive to external interference by both irrelevant distractions and multitasking.”(CNN). The brain sensitive to all the external interference makes it difficultly to refocus on the task prior to using using your device. The New York Times mentioned a study done by Gloria Mark of the University of California. Mark found that the typical officer worker gets only 11 minutes between each interruption , while it takes about 25 …show more content…
Some technologies really reshape our lives, minds, and societies.(123). She also mentioned how the print changed everything an so did the telegraph; how “Extra, extra!” went to ping and a pop up. Gopnik fails to realize that change is always right around the corner. In 1807 the first automobile was invented by Karl Benz, it changed everything it made trips to destinations a lot quicker and easier. Fast forward 209 years to 2016 automobiles only became more sophisticated throughout the years, some companies even have an auto pilot feature on their cars which allows the car to drive itself. Many people need automobiles for everyday use, but many tend to forget that every time you enter the car and drive theres a risk you may die in an accident. In the year 2015 there was 30,800 fatal vehicle crashes. A good percentage of the things we do tend to have a negative consequence. Some of those consequences are more extreme than others it just depends on what you’re doing. Some may outweigh the consequences in benefits. For example, three South Africa children were killed by a regular household refrigerator. Most people hearing that story will most like never deter from using a refrigerator because of the such little risk of that actually

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