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Adelola Ajayi Professor Witte ENGL 101A 4 September 2017 Technology and Its Effects on Conversation Sherry Turkle’s article, “The Flight From Conversation,” published in the New York Times in 2012, analyzes technology and its effects-- specifically how technology usage impacts people’s conversation. Turkle argues that today, regardless where people find themselves, they are always connected to technology. She claims that being connected to technology al
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  Adelola Ajayi Professor Witte ENGL 101A 4 September 2017 Technology and Its Effects on Conversation Sherry Turkle’s article, “The Flight From Conversation,”  published in the  New York Times  in 2012, analyzes technology and its effects-- specifically how technology usage impacts  people’s conversation. Turkle argues that today, regardless where people find themselves, they are always connected to technology. She claims that being connected to technology allows a  person to always feel connected, which prevents them from being alone. Technology has allowed for everyone to be “alone together,” causing individuals to be connected to whoever wherever. She explains that when people are connected to their technology, they put other people at distance; she refers to this isolation as the “Goldilocks effect” (Turkle 7 ). Furthermore, Turkle goes on to analyze how technology affects what people say and how they say it through messages; she stresses that with technology, individuals leave out information, essentially not getting their complete thoughts and feelings out to the other person. This impacts their conversation and the way in which they make connections. In addition, Turkle  believes that online connection does not substitute for face-to- face conversation. To illustrate her argument, she provides her own experience by stating, “I have often heard the sentiment “no one is listening to me”...to have a Facebook page or Twitter feed...each pr  ovides automatic listeners”(Turkle  15). Essentially, she states that technology cares about people more than people care other about individuals (Turkle 17). According to her, electronic devices have allowed for individuals to essentially “clean up,” the way in which one individual connects and interacts with another. Turkle concludes her article emphasizing that in order to create face- to- face conversation again without the help of technology, people should make their environment “device free.”  To   Ajayi 2 remedy the technology dependency, she advises that people start interacting without the use of electronics because this utilization can lead to people being alone, which prevents them from self-reflection.   Ajayi 3 Works Cited Turkle, S. (2017). The Flight From Conversation. The New York Times . [online] http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/the-flight-from-   conversation.html?emc=eta1. 
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