2016: Conversation takes a back seat.

“Face-to-face conversation is the most human…and humanizing… thing we do”. This is a statement I found particularly interesting having read “The Empathy Diaries”. Being a young adult myself, I felt I could relate well to Turkle as I have been in the position of many of her examples. It was most interesting to me because I view it as an extremely accurate statement. Conversation is a beautiful thing within our society and yet, as time goes on, more and more people would prefer to text someone rather than having to meet up and have a face-to-face conversation with them.

There is no denying that I have been guilty of taking out my phone at the dinner table, relying on it for entertainment when boredom sets in, or perhaps even subconsciously “phubbing”. Reflecting on all of those things, regret is a word that comes to mind. Texting lacks the authenticity that conversation has in abundance and it is something that should never be of preference to an individual when given the choice between the two.

Why has the power of talk been caught up in the digital age? This is one of the many questions I asked myself after reading this chapter and I would love to know the main reason behind it. Maybe it is simply because of the appeal texting has, little or no effort is required to reach out to someone. Or maybe it is a laziness thing that has ingrained itself in society and certainly does not plan on going anywhere anytime soon given the success of the mobile phone industry as a whole. Instead, we are forced to wait patiently in hope that our generation will realize it all sooner rather than later. In my opinion, Turkle touches on a topic that does not receive enough attention nowadays and I wholeheartedly agree with her arguments.

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