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Sherry Turkle's "Flight From Conversation" in +The New York Times is getting lots of ink today (http://goo.gl/u6c4Y). Among the many responses, +Alexandra Samuel's article in the +The Atlantic rings especially true for me (http://goo.gl/4C1ui).

Alexandra basically argues that (online or offline) life is what we make of it. In her own words, "digital life isn't something that happens to them; it's something created by us." (emphasis added) And, we have a "responsibility for creating an online world in which meaningful connection is the norm rather than the exception."

My own Google+ stream is a living, breathing example of how technology can help foster meaningful relationships:

- +Lynette Young is getting Philadelphians together for a trip to the local beer garden
- +Fraser Cain and +Pamela Gay are broadcasting live about all things astronomy-related (http://goo.gl/3GF0e)
- +Virtual Photo Walks™ give folks a chance to to explore the world around them, even if they can't leave their home
- I'm privately sharing with my own friends and family (about bunny adoption, an upcoming wedding, baseball...)
- And so on, and so forth

I'm looking forward to what we can build, experience and celebrate together.
We use technology to keep one another at distances we can control: not too close, not too far, just right: the Goldilocks effect.
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The very subject was the habit happening during our lunch and then became a topic for our conversation. My smartphone is new to me. However, I'm finding it a useful security blanket. A crutch during those times when I'm excluded from the groups conversation. When I'm among strangers. In the patient waiting room.
Hmmm...I believe it's becoming the substitute for a book or magazine in hand.
 
absolutely! I learned with all previous social networks that quantity means nothing. It's quality.
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