There’s something I really like about Satsuki’s attack formation in this screenshot.
As soon as Sherry Turkle arrived at the studio for her Fresh Air interview, she realized she’d forgotten her phone. “I realized I’d left it behind, and I felt a moment of Oh my god … and I felt it kind of in the pit of my stomach,” she tells Terry Gross. That feeling of emotional dependence on digital devices is the focus of Turkle’s research. Her book, Alone Together, explores how new technology is changing the way we communicate with one another.
"The pull of these devices is so strong, that we’ve become used to them faster than anyone would have suspected," says Turkle, a clinical psychologist and the founder of MIT’s Initiative on Technology and Self. Her research investigates how devices are changing the way parents relate to their children, how friends interact, and why many people — both young and old — keep their devices in-hand all the time — even as they sleep.
When Turkle asked teens and adults why they preferred text messaging over face-to-face conversation, they responded that when you’re face to face, “you can’t control what you are going to say, and you don’t know how long it’s going to take or where it could go.” But Turkle believes that these perceived weaknesses of conversation are actually conversation’s strengths. Face-to-face interaction teaches “skills of negotiation, of reading each other’s emotion, of having to face the complexity of confrontation, dealing with complex emotion,” Turkle says. She thinks people who feel they are too busy to have conversations in person are not making the important emotional connections they otherwise would.
I can’t believe Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Kyary Pyamu Pyamu knew the truth about life fibers the whole time
In the mood for a brisk, happy, up-tempo tune? You might scan the radio dial for a Top 40 hit, but for a better shot at satisfaction, choose an oldies station.
Over the past half-century, pop hits have become longer, slower and sadder, and they increasingly convey “mixed emotional cues,” according to a study just published in the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts.
“As the lyrics of popular music became more self-focused and negative over time, the music itself became sadder-sounding and more emotionally ambiguous,” according to psychologist E. Glenn Schellenberg and sociologist Christian von Scheve.
America is sad.