The Tethered Self
“The Tethered Self: Technology Reinvents Intimacy and Solitude” by Sherry Turkle in Language Awareness (LA)
Critical Thinking Task 7
After reading “The Tethered Self: Technology Reinvents Intimacy and Solitude” by Sherry Turkle in LA, complete the following tasks:
Write a summary of the article. In the first sentence of your summary, you must include the title of the work, the author’s name, and the thesis of the article. The rest of the summary must include the major supporting points of the work. At least 500 words.
Answer the five questions following the article thoroughly, demonstrating your critical thinking skills.
1. Turkle says, “Technology is the architect of our intimacies” (1). What does mean? Do you agree with her statement? Why or why not?
2. Turkle suggests that our daily lives and in-person interactions with our friends and loved ones have been superseded by the Internet and social media in particular. Do you agree or disagree with this assessment? Why?
3. Turkle argues that in today’s world, technology offers “the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship” (3). In your experience, is this true? Why or why not?
4. The Internet, with social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, many others, as well as other functions such as e-mail and instant messaging, seems to have exposed its users to the entire world. Yet, Turkle says, ” What we have here is a technology that makes it easy to hide” (7). How do you explain this paradox? In what ways do we deliberately expose or hide ourselves online?
5. Turkle says, “Here we use technologies to dial down human contact, to titrate its nature and extent (10). What does she mean by this? Look up the word “titrate” in a dictionary if you’re unfamiliar with it. How is Turkle using that as a metaphor in this sentence?