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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,300 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sherry Turkle Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Consider Facebook—it’s human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them.

In Alone Together, MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It’s a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for—and sacrificing—in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today’s self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Perceptive…[Turkle] has spent decades examining how people interact with computers and other devices…and by situating her findings in historical perspective, she is able to lend contextual ballast to her case studies.”

    New York Times

  • “Turkle’s prescient book makes a strong case that what was meant to be a way to facilitate communications has pushed people closer to their machines and further away from each other.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Merlington serves as an excellent narrator with a matter-of-fact tone and a keen sense for when to use a deliberate pace…[and] keeps a fine balance that will engage listeners.”


  • “Turkle’s findings are engaging and her conclusions thoughtful (she’s been called ‘Margaret Mead in cyberspace’).”

    Library Journal

  • “Turkle emphasizes personal stories from computer gadgetry’s front lines, which keeps her prose engaging and her message to the human species to restrain ourselves from becoming technology’s willing slaves instead of its guiding masters loud and clear.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andy Ambraziejus | 1/23/2014

    " Really enjoyed the book. The author, a psychoanalytically trained professor at MIT, looks at how robots and other technology, such as smartphones, are affecting us. As one of her research subjects says at one point, "It seems like technology is using us more than we're using technology." Occasionally I got a bit bogged down in all the detail, as the reactions of the research subjects were similar and began to blur into one another. But overall the book is a fascinating look at what it means to be human and raises such questions as: Do we really want robots taking care of our children or parents? Why are people so ready to respond to robots as "real"? What about those smartphones and hundreds of texts? What do we lose by being in constant touch with dozens of friends? What is the essence of being human? A grewat book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ronald | 1/23/2014

    " This is a good book on modern computer technology and how it impacts our relationships with each other. It covers both social networking (which I had read about before) and robotics (which I was less familiar with) and presents a lot of startling information based on her own social science research. This is definitely worth reading, although at the end she kind of stops short of advocating the elimination of these technologies and argues for a sort of "managed use" idea. Not sure that is possible based on what she writes earlier in the book, but it's still essential reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Thomas Tobin | 1/13/2014

    " Stimulating argument--and dead on about the replacement of actual face-to-face relationships with screen time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Holly | 1/10/2014

    " If anyone out there needs a wake-up call when it comes to the impact of our technology on our society, this book is it. I have always been a wierdo, lagging behind the times when it comes to the cell-phone-always-on-social-networking-text-messaging world we live in now, and this book put in words exactly why I sometimes lose my phone on purpose and deleted my facebook account. An eery, but from my point of view, necessary, read. "

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