We are at a crossroads: So many people say they have no time to talk, really talk, but all the time in the world, day and night, to connect. When a moment of boredom arises, we have become accustomed to making it go away by searching for something – sometimes anything – on our phones. The next step is to take the same moment and respond by searching within ourselves. To do this, we have to cultivate the self as a resource. Beginning with the capacity for solitude.
Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Turkle is the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. She obtained a BA in Social Studies and later a Ph.D. in Sociology and Personality Psychology at Harvard University.
Turkle now focuses her research on psychoanalysis and human-technology interaction. She has written several books focusing on the psychology of human relationships with technology, especially in the realm of how people relate to computational objects.
Books written by Sherry Turkle include:
- Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
- Evocative Objects: Things We Think With (MIT Press)
- Falling for Science: Objects in Mind
- Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
- Simulation and Its Discontents (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life)
- The Inner History of Devices (MIT Press)
Connected, but alone? – TED Talk by Sherry Turkle