Can You Hear Me Now?
The following italicized paragraph is directly taken from the article.
“And what of adolescence as a time of self-reflection? We communicate with instant messages, “check-in” cell calls and emoticons. All of these are meant to quickly communicate a state. They are not intended to open a dialogue about complexity of feeling. (Technological determinism has its place here: Cell calls get poor reception, are easily dropped and are optimized for texting.) The culture that grows up around the cell phone is a communications culture, but it is not necessarily a culture of self-reflection–which depends on having an emotion, experiencing it, sometimes electing to share it with another person, thinking about it differently over time. When interchanges are reduced to the shorthand of emoticon emotions, questions such as “Who am I?” and “Who are you?” are reformatted for the small screen and flattened out in the process.”
In Sherry Turkle’s Forbes article Can You Hear Me Now? Turkle mentions that the communication tools that we use these days such as instant messages, emoticons, cell calls with “check-in” and update features prevent us from having a dialogue about complex feelings and deep thoughts.
There is some truth to her statement but there are definitely some examples that go against her claim. Mine are mostly anecdotal and personal but there are many times in which I had very deep conversations with my friends through chatting for example. I also chat with my mother online as well because she lives thousands of miles away and sometimes I am at the library so we cannot video chat and a lot of the time the topic we discuss are very dense and futuristic.
There are people (because of the advent of technology) who definitely reflect more on what they do with their lives as well. A friend of mine, for example, writes on his blog about things that happen in his life that are interesting to comment and reflect upon. I feel like I see a lot of self-reflection and evaluation on the blog posts. Because people are aware that what they post online will be shared with the public, sometimes people are even more careful at what they say and how they say things, which definitely requires reflection and thorough thinking at times.