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  • Lloyd Miller
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    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 21, 2011
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      > From: "Kaupp, Ann" <KAUPPA@...>
      > Date: January 21, 2011 6:55:06 AM CST
      > To: Lloyd Miller <lloyd.miller@...>
      > Subject: RE: [SACC-L] FW: The loneliness of Tweeters..interesting article
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      > I forgot that can't send attachments with listserve. I'm home. Lloyd could you send this out to the listserve? I can't seem to cut and paste from here. From Newsweek. Thanks. Ann
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      > One Hundred Tweets of Solitude
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      > The promise of technology is connectedness. But could modern
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      > gadgetry be making us more lonely than ever?
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      > by Jessica BennettJanuary 11, 2011
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      > Chris Strong / Getty Images
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      > How many times a day do you check your email? When you wake up? Before bed? A dozen
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      > times in between? If you're like many of us, the red blinking light of a BlackBerry is the first
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      > thing you see each morning�you've got mail!�and the last glimpse of color to fade out before
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      > bedtime. It's constant and nagging�yet most of us say we can't live without it. Add Twitter,
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      > Facebook, and the rest of our social-media obsessions to the mix, and the technology that was
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      > supposed to simplify our lives has become the ultimate time-suck: the average teen spends
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      > more than seven hours a day using technological devices, plus an additional hour just textmessaging
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      > friends.
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      > The advantage to all that gadgetry, of course, is connectedness: email lets us respond on the
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      > go, and we are in touch with more people during more hours of the day than at any other time
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      > in history. But is it possible we're more lonely than ever, too? That's what MIT professor Sherry
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      > Turkle observes in her new book, Alone Together, a fascinating portrait of our changing
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      > relationship with technology. The result of nearly 15 years of study (and interviews with
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      > hundreds of subjects), Turkle details the ways technology has redefined our perceptions of
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      > intimacy and solitude�and warns of the perils of embracing such pseudo-techno relationships
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      > in place of lasting emotional connections.
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      > Turkle talks to high-school students who fear having to make a phone call, and elementaryschool
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      > children who become distraught when their toy robot pets "die." She wonders how her
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      > One Hundred Tweets of Solitude - Print - Newsweek Page 1 of 2
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      > http://www.newsweek.com/2011/01/11/sherry-turkle-looks-at-technology-and-relationship... 1/14/2011
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      > daughter will remember their relationship 40 years from now, if every long-distance
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      > communication between them happens via text message. But for Turkle, a psychologist by
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      > training, the biggest worry is what all this superficial engagement means for us
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      > developmentally. Is technology offering us the lives we want to live? "We're texting people at a
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      > distance," says the author, the director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. "We're
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      > using inanimate objects to convince ourselves that even when we're alone, we feel together.
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      > And then when we're with each other, we put ourselves in situations where we feel alone�
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      > constantly on our mobile devices. It's what I call a perfect storm of confusion about what's
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      > important in our human connections."
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      > What can't be denied is that technology, no matter its faults, makes life a whole lot easier. It
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      > allows us to communicate with more people in less time; it can make conversation simple�no
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      > small talk required. It can be therapeutic: robots are now used to help care for the elderly; in
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      > Japan, they're marketed as a way to lure addicts out of cyberspace. But it can also be
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      > seductive, providing more stimulation than our natural lives make possible�our days suddenly
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      > an interconnected chain of messages and connections and constant stimulation. (Compared
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      > with a hundred retweets and a flurry of text messages, a single conversation over dinner
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      > seems awfully boring.) "The adrenaline rush is continual," Turkle says of our wired lives. "We
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      > get a little shot of dopamine every time we make a connection." One high-school student she
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      > spoke with put it simply: "I start to have some happy feelings as soon as I start to text."
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      > But are any of those feelings on par with the kind we feel when engaged in real, face-to-face
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      > intimacy? Online, you can ignore others' feelings. In a text message, you can avoid eye
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      > contact. A number of studies have found that this generation of teens is less empathetic than
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      > ever. That doesn't spell disaster, says Turkle�but it does mean we might want to start thinking
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      > about the way we want to live. "We've gone through tremendously rapid change, and some of
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      > these things just need a little sorting out," she says. If she has her way, the dialogue will start
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      > here�and not just on somebody's computer.
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      > Follow the author on Twitter.
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      > One Hundred Tweets of Solitude - Print - Newsweek Page 2 of 2
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      > http:/
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      > ________________________________
      > From: Lloyd Miller [lloyd.miller@...]
      > Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2011 8:05 AM
      > To: Kaupp, Ann
      > Subject: Re: [SACC-L] FW: The loneliness of Tweeters..interesting article
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      > Ann, your message was enticing but you didn't include a link.
      > Lloyd
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      > On Jan 18, 2011, at 11:22 AM, Kaupp, Ann wrote:
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      > Interesting article.
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