Seeing Eye People to Texting pedestrians
In Sherry Turkle's TED.com 2012 talk about how the screen influences our lives, of being alone together she says:
"Our little devices in our pockets are so physiological powerful that they don't only change what we do they change who we are"
She talks about the 'important new skill of making eye contact while you're texting'
Makes me think of my 8 year old daughter who recently replied quite serious when I asked her to look into the other person's eye with whom she was having a conversation: "Why? when you're on the phone you don't look into the other person's eye either"
There are many signs around showing us humans finding it more and more difficult to make a connection that makes you feel you are connected:
Simon Sinek about the handshake (bring back the human spirit into all of the interactions), about Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt about turning of your device (Take your eyes off the screen and look into the eyes of the person you love. Have a conversation — a real conversation ), a funny one about offering pedestrians Seeing people so they can keep texting clearly . I always thought that technology was there to support creation, communication and connection not to take away. To me one key technology, the ancient art of storytelling (using pen and paper) shows its power in the Award winning documentary: Children full of live you "If one child is unhappy every child is unhappy".
Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselves. Taken from a lecture given by Roman Krznaric as part of the RSA's free public events programme.
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