Are Our Smartphones Trapping Us in Anti-Social Bubbles?

Social Scientist
Over a year ago
By now the debate is a familiar one, though we seem no closer to an answer. Are our smartphones making us antisocial? Are those who answer, "Yes," just curmudgeons about technology? Professor of social science and technology at MIT, Sherry Turkle, says never before has a device removed us from our immediate surroundings so completely. "We've never had a device where you could be taking a walk in the woods and you didn't need to be taking a walk in the woods," she says. At stake is nothing less than our conversations with friends and loved ones — a primary medium of socialization — and our own solitude wherein we learn and define who we are as individuals.