MIT's Sherry Turkle Wants Less Texting and More Conversation

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 (Peter Urban)

A Pew Research Center study finds that 89 percent of cell phone owners use their phones during social gatherings, yet at the same time, 82 percent of those surveyed said that phones hinder conversations in those situations. In her new book, "Reclaiming Conversation," MIT's Sherry Turkle argues that a lack of face-to-face communication driven by increased smart-phone use is diminishing people's capacity for empathy.


Sherry Turkle, director, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self; author most recently of "Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age"