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We sacrifice conversation for mere connection. Or do we?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 28 May 2012

 


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We sacrifice conversation for mere connection. Or do we?
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 143
Posted DateMonday 28 May 2012 07:15 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7Xr3AsBEK4 ... 
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/books/22book.htm ... 
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/the-flight- ... 
http://davecormier.com/edblog/2012/04/22/sherry-turkle-the-f ... 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherry_Turkle ... 
http://youtu.be/t7Xr3AsBEK4 ... 
PeopleSherry Turkle 

If you are interested in the impact of the Internet and social media such as Facebook on interpersonal relationships and conversation then take a look at this article Friends Without a Personal Touch or this one The Flight From Conversation by Sherry Turkle.

And then this response by Dave Cormier Sherry Turkle -- the flight from conversation ... a response

I am more in the Dave Cormier camp than that of Sheryl Turkle even though she is a Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Her observations just do not stack up with my own. For example, she says:

Self-reflection in conversation requires trust. It's hard to do anything with 3,000 Facebook friends except connect.



This in my experience is simply not true. How does the number of "friends" I have on Facebook (2,151 at the last count - yes I know many of them are not friends in the true sense - they are just connections - but that's not a problem) have any affect on the much smaller number of close friends that I have, that I do trust and can and do have real conversations with? It doesn't. In fact many of those friends I first met through the web.

Maybe some people do confuse mere connections with friends but I know many people who don't and who can enjoy and make the most of both type of relationships: close friends and loosely connected "friends".





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