Posted by Sherry Turkle on Aug 14, 2017

Sherry Turkle studies how technology is shaping our modern relationships: with others, with ourselves, with it.  She has observed that we use online personas to redefine human connection and communication.  

The virtual world is not a new space for Sherry Turkle.  She appeared on the cover of the April 1996 issue Wired magazine.  Those were the early days the Internet with chat room and online communities.  In her 1995 book, "Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet," she wrote that technology was allowing us to "project ourselves into our own dramas, dramas in which we are producer, director, and star."  It was an opportunity to learn about ourselves in the virtual world that we could use in the real world.

Fifteen years ago, we had to hang up our modems – disconnect from those virtual realities.  With our always connected mobile devices, we can check out of the real world at a moment's notice.  Many of us do.  Sherry Turkle revisited the perils and promise of digital technologies on our lives.