Sherry Turkle on the Colbert Report Effects of Technology

SherryTurkle on the Colbert Report: Effects of Technology


SherryTurkle on The Colbert Report: Effects of Technology

Thequestion “What Is There To Live For Without Latest iPhone?” whichStephen Colbert asked Sherry Turkle on The Colbert Report set thetheme of the interview. The particularly aggressive Colbert pausedseveral questions on an effort to gain insights on Turkle’s standon the effects of technology. In return, Turkle cited a number ofrelevant studies that support technological adversities on the familyand relationships. Therefore, I agree more with Turkle on herposition based on the various arguments she advanced.

First,I strongly agree with her stand on the fact that over reliance ontechnology has significantly deteriorated the quality and pattern ofinteraction among people. In particular, text messages, e-mails,among other digital platforms have taken a large part of the self(Turkle 2012). Many people are little too cozy with thesetechnologies. For example, they have cocooned families which havebeen accustomed face-to-face communication to strictly digital form.For example, a father might be busy tapping a BlackBerry during afamily conversation, a mother may push her young one on a swing whileon phone, among other anti-social behaviors thanks to the technology.Thus technology devaluates the authenticity of social experiences inrelations.

Additionally,it is apparent that increased exposure on technological machines hasimpacted on how people think. Research findings highlight a typicalteenager in the US send 3,500 text messages every month on portabledigital devices (Turkle 2012). Consequently, a big percentage oftheir time is spent on these devices at the expense of other tasks athome and school. Theinternet ushered in a new interface for self-exploration and socialcontact. It has compromised essential elements of self-hood,identity, community as well as what humanity means.


Turkle,Sherry. Alonetogether: Why we expect more from technology and less from eachother.Basic books, 2012.