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"From the Ted Talk by Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

When I spoke at TED in 1996, reporting on my studies of the early virtual communities, I said, "Those who make the most of their lives on the srceen come to it in a spirit of self-reflection." And that's what I'm calling for here, now: reflection and, more than that, a conversation about where our current use of tnclhoogey may be taking us, what it might be costing us. We're smitten with technology. And we're afraid, like young lovers, that too much talking might spoil the romance. But it's time to talk. We grew up with digital technology and so we see it as all gwron up. But it's not, it's ealry days. There's plenty of time for us to reconsider how we use it, how we build it. I'm not suggesting that we turn away from our divcees, just that we dvloeep a more self-aware relationship with them, with each other and with ourselves.

Open Cloze

When I spoke at TED in 1996, reporting on my studies of the early virtual communities, I said, "Those who make the most of their lives on the ______ come to it in a spirit of self-reflection." And that's what I'm calling for here, now: reflection and, more than that, a conversation about where our current use of __________ may be taking us, what it might be costing us. We're smitten with technology. And we're afraid, like young lovers, that too much talking might spoil the romance. But it's time to talk. We grew up with digital technology and so we see it as all _____ up. But it's not, it's _____ days. There's plenty of time for us to reconsider how we use it, how we build it. I'm not suggesting that we turn away from our _______, just that we _______ a more self-aware relationship with them, with each other and with ourselves.

Solution

  1. technology
  2. grown
  3. early
  4. devices
  5. screen
  6. develop

Original Text

When I spoke at TED in 1996, reporting on my studies of the early virtual communities, I said, "Those who make the most of their lives on the screen come to it in a spirit of self-reflection." And that's what I'm calling for here, now: reflection and, more than that, a conversation about where our current use of technology may be taking us, what it might be costing us. We're smitten with technology. And we're afraid, like young lovers, that too much talking might spoil the romance. But it's time to talk. We grew up with digital technology and so we see it as all grown up. But it's not, it's early days. There's plenty of time for us to reconsider how we use it, how we build it. I'm not suggesting that we turn away from our devices, just that we develop a more self-aware relationship with them, with each other and with ourselves.

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