How does technology make us unaware of our surroundings?

“His mind seemed barely tethered to his body, much less the earth.” — Dave Eggers

At home, families sit together, texting and reading e-mail. At work executives text during board meetings. We text (and shop and go on Facebook) during classes and when we’re on dates. — Sherry Turkle

Technology has made this fellow unaware of ALL his surroundings. His dogs are sleeping and he does not even realize this. The way he is positioned shows that he is not aware of anything but his device.

Why shouldn’t your curiosity about the world be rewarded?” — Dave Eggers

Our colleagues want to go to that board meeting but pay attention only to what interests them. — Sherry Turkle, “The Flight From Conversation”

This boy is completely submerged in the television. The boy seems to be gazing upon this screen wondering what is on it. Just like how technology can be anything. Or how we are not always sure who is actually behind the screen. This boy is probably wondering what is going on this screen. He does not know what else is going on around him. Completely unaware of all surroundings

You sit at a desk twelve hours a day and you have nothing to show for it except for some numbers that won’t exist or be remembered in a week. You’re leaving no evidence that you lived. There’s no proof.” — Dave Eggers

A 16-year-old boy who relies on texting for almost everything says almost wistfully, “Someday, someday, but certainly not now, I’d like to learn how to have a conversation.” — Sherry Turkle,“The Flight From Conversation”

The girl in this photo is only involved in her phone. Although there are two other people next to her there is no interaction between them.

“And worse, you’re not doing anything interesting anymore. You’re not seeing anything, saying anything. — Dave Eggers

In today’s workplace, young people who have grown up fearing conversation show up on the job wearing earphones. —Sherry Turkle,“The Flight From Conversation”

This picture represents that we can do multiple things at once while using technology. Max seems to have been doing work before. This photo also represents that we can easily get distracted from what we are doing when using technology. He has diregarded all his work and gave it up for technology.

“Suffering is only suffering if it’s done in silence, in solitude. Pain experienced in public, in view of loving millions, was no longer pain. It was communion.” —Dave Eggers

we are together, but each of us is in our own bubble, furiously connected to keyboards and tiny touch screens. — Sherry Turkle, “The Flight From Conversation”

The way she holds the phone in her hands and the way she grasps it really show her attachment to the phone. It looks like she does not want to let go of it no matter what. An obsession of technology perhaps? All she sees is the back of her phone. She is only aware of this phone and nothing else.

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