As I reflect on what I’ve read so far in Alone Together, I’ve come to a few conclusions and have some concerns. The theme of the book is so far has been relationships between humans and robots and the effects of robots on human-to-human relationships. I thought since I grew up without robotic friends that I might be immune to “confiding” in robots. I’m not.
Twitter is a wide-open sea of information and a great way to interact is by asking questions. I’ve often been conflicted because it’s much more efficient to just ‘google’ it. You don’t have to wait for a response with Google; you don’t have to investigate links that people send you; you can get right to it. Sure Google can answer basically any question but it doesn’t beat human interaction.
[quote]The selfobject is cast in the role of what one needs, but in these relationships, disappointments inevitably follow. –Sherry Turkle[/quote]
The sad part is that I’ve been relying too much on technology and worrying about how quickly I can accomplish something. I fear that Google and Twitter could become selfobjects…Well, I’m not so much concerned about Google, but Twitter is about relationship building, interacting, and discovering; not using it when I need to.
Do you find yourself relying on technology more than human interaction? Any other thoughts?