Hello, everyone! I'm back at work post medical leave and doing dandy, albeit busy as can be. I hope y'all are doing well. I heard a rumor that this is financial literacy month. Let's all celebrate by tracking our spending!
In other news, I wanted to share this incredibly interesting and powerful TED talk by Sherry Turkle. Once a champion of the internet and social media, Turkle has changed her tune in regard to the power of technology. In this talk she notes the ways in which technology is changing us on both a personal and cultural level, and it ain't all good. I realize the irony of posting this on a blog, but...well, yeah.
I was hooked when she mentioned a new "skill" that people are trying to develop: Maintaining eye contact with someone while you text. That's right, children! It's important to impart the illusion that you are listening, instead of actually being fully present and learning how to listen deeply to the person sitting in front of you. Shocking.
Some gem quotes: "...people can't get enough of each other, if and only if they can have each other at a distance, in amounts they can control." And another, "We expect more from technology and less from each other...the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship."
At the end of the talk, she gives a battle cry of using technology to create our best selves and relationships, but doesn't really talk about what that looks like. I felt like the talk was asking us to actually put down the glowing rectangles and learn to reengage with one another on a level that requires focus, patience and attention.
It's a powerful talk. I hope you can find an extra 20 minutes to watch it.