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Computers Change Thinking Essay

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In “How Computers Change The Way We Think” Sherry Turkle, a professor at MIT, founder of the MIT Initiative on technology and self and clinical psychologist argues that technology today is negatively impacting our natural thought process as humans. She focuses primarily on a few major concerns such as privacy, identity and the dangers technology present to us in our everyday life. Turkle does mention the development of educational programs for the computer but really focuses on the challenges we will face with advancing technology. While the author expresses major concerns for our future with technology, it’s clear she understands that technology is here to stay and seems to be warning us ...view middle of the document...

She also notes that college students seem to disregard privacy laws and increased online surveillance, another generalization with no support to back her up. Turkle then goes on to predict the future by implying that in ten years “the relationship of privacy and government” will be so complex it is going to require extensive education to comprehend.
Another area of concern for Turkle seems to be self identity issues. She believes there are too many opportunities for us change how we present ourselves online. This is a valid concern considering the impact it may have on adolescent development but could be easily avoided by being an active parent and monitoring what your children are doing with their time spent online. The author implies that if children are portraying themselves a certain way online, it may be difficult to “develop authentic selves” (Turkle, 602). Again, this could easily be remedied by taking control as a parent over what your children are doing online. Getting them involved in sports and other social activities seems like the most logical way to help an adolescent develop themselves and their social skills. Turkle makes a few interesting arguments about the role technology plays in the development of an adolescent identity but the same arguments could be made for letting your children participate or not participate in almost any other social activity. There will be consequences for almost anything children do but there will always be benefits as well, it just depends on the way you look at things.
At one point in this essay Turkle implies that word processing has eliminated the idea of thinking before doing. She claims that word processing gives the user an opportunity to manipulate and experiment with their writing before it is finally put on paper. She compares typing on a computer to and old fashioned type writer and almost insinuates that typing on a computer is cheating. I would completely disagree with that argument and say that technology has given intelligent students the opportunity to perfect their writing before finalizing it. Similar to myself, some if not most people may be unable to organize their thoughts efficiently enough to compose their best possible writing assignment on the first attempt. For this reason specifically I would say the technology of computers and word processing has been a blessing for students of all ages.
Another claim Turkle makes is in the paragraph labeled “Taking Things at Interface Value” (p.604). In this part of the essay she goes into discussing reductive understanding. She gives an example from the past when the first generation of computers were manufactured and...

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