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Do you think technology makes it harder for us to truly communicate with each other? (Lan Phantastic/Flickr)
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"Face-to-face conversation is the most human — and humanizing — thing we do," says Sherry Turkle, who's been studying the psychology of people's relationships with technology for 30 years, and has written some of the most thoughtful and praised books on the subject.

But Turkle says that, in the digital age, we're at risk of losing our ability to converse.

Her new book is "Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age."

This conversation was originally broadcast on October 13, 2015.

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Sherry Turkle, professor of the social studies of science and technology at MIT. Her new book is "Reclaiming Conversation: The Power Of Talk In A Digital Age." She tweets @STurkle.

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The New York Times: Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.

  • "These days, we feel less of a need to hide the fact that we are dividing our attention. In a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center, 89 percent of cellphone owners said they had used their phones during the last social gathering they attended."

WBUR ARTery: Sherry Turkle Is Done With Screens, She Wants To Be ‘Reclaiming Conversation’

  • "Turkle cautions that if we allow our screens to deprive us of solitude, of genuine uninterrupted time, we cannot 'construct a stable sense of self.' ”

This segment aired on December 24, 2015.

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