1. [Teens] felt that on Facebook their life story followed them through their lives in a way that their older brothers and sisters were allowed to start fresh when they moved from elementary school to junior high, from junior high to high school, and then crucially from high school to college. And one said to me, ‘My god, it used to be you that when you went to college, you got a chance to start fresh, to be a new person. I bet that was great.’ And I think that this sense of the Facebook identity as something that follows you all your life is something that many adolescents feel is a burden.

    — Sherry Turkle on the effect of Facebook on teen identity

  2. Sherry Turkle

    Alone Together

    Fresh Air

  1. It’s a way of life to be always texting and when you looks at these texts it really is thoughts in formation. I do studies where I just sit for hours and hours at red lights watching people unable to tolerate being alone. Its as though being along has become a problem that needs to be solved and then technology presents itself as a solution to this problem…Being alone is not a problem that needs to be solved. The capacity for solitude is a very important human skill.

    —  Sherry Turkle on texting and the inability to be alone

  2. Sherry Turkle

    Fresh Air