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April 6, 2008

EL 336 - Turkle

"Searching for an easy fix, we are eager to believe that the Intenet will provide an effective substitue for face-to-face interaction. But the move toward virtuality tends to skew our experience of the real in several ways." (Turkle pg. 480)

I definitley believe that the internet has messed with the publics view of real pleasures in life. Take a look at online dating. With the emergence off iming and chat rooms,the face to face intimacy of a normal conversation has really died out in society. While the whole online dating deal may work for some, it is still amyster to others how one can be connected so closely to someone they only communicate with via emails or iming. Even texting is a new tool used in the dating world to avoid that very scary first phone call after a date. The line between real life and the safety of being behind a keyboard effects society in a weird way these.

Posted by RachelPrichard at April 6, 2008 10:17 PM


I think all of these innovations are basically leading to what is next to come, in the twenty second century. It makes recluses look cool. While it is much safer to chat online with people, it is healthy to go on a physical date and talk face-to-face.

Posted by: Jeremy Barrick at April 7, 2008 10:00 PM

On the other hand, online dating is helping people connect with others who share many similar interests and beliefs, a good start on the path towards a healthy relationship. Not that it's a prerequisite, but it's usually helpful.

It's really only useful, however, if it's supplemented by meaningful interaction in the real world. It's far too easy to fall into the trap of believing that the person presented to us in an online profile is perfectly and precisely described. Profiling is a form of categorization, which demands simplification and the omission of details and quirks that you'll only find out about through extended contact with the person in reality.

Posted by: ChrisU at April 8, 2008 9:26 AM

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