I'd rather text than talk. A speech by Sherry Tuckle

Sherry warns us on the risk of being too busy connecting in order to find time for communicating. She quotes alarming datas: 80% of people in the States take out a smartphone during social interactions, even if the 82% of them very well know that this will deteriorate the conversation.

In the same way, students don’t come to office hours anymore, even if their Professors teach at MIT. Why is this happening?

They only look for models, seek for perfections, choosing emails over conversations, what can be editing on something spontaneous, and thus uncontrollable

From one hand, Sherry stresses the importance of motivation, human relations, conversation and coaching, the power of meetings and the immense value of listening to each other talks. On the other hand, she acknowledges the general fear for vulnerability, and the assault on empathy that was led by technology. “And It will not be creating empathy apps that we will make the situation change”. She concludes.

This video was one of the talks from 7th Drucker Forum. All rights reserved.

About Sherry Turkle:

From the Us, she is Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT. Director of MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. (Read here her complete biography). She is the author of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. She thinks that we’re letting technologies take us places we don’t want to go and that our devices don’t only change what we do, they change who we are. She believes that it’s important to hear people out because it takes at least seven minutes to see how a conversation is going to unfold. She is convinced that if you put your phone on the table, the nature of your conversation with somebody will change.She highly reccommend to to stop multitasking and start unitasking.

Human relationships are rich and they’re messy and they’re demanding. And we clean them up with technology

Food for thoughts and to expand the discussion:

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability