304 Cyber Intimacy and Cyber Solitude

Sherry Turkle

Sherry TurkleIn today’s world, technology is increasingly taking the place of face-to-face connections, redrawing the boundaries between intimacy and solitude. In her Symposium Keynote, Sherry Turkle explores whether virtual intimacy is degrading our experience of real-world encounters and how therapists can help. In her critical but optimistic appraisal of the digital age, she examines:

  • how technology is not only reshaping our lives and relationships, but also the experience of psychotherapy
  • how therapy needs to adapt to a dramatically changing culture
  • what we as therapists offer that a cyber-saturated society needs


Sherry Turkle, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist, is professor of social studies of science and technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. She’s authored numerous books. Her most recent is Alone Together: Technology and the Reinvention of Intimacy and Solitude. Website: http://www.mit.edu/~sturkle/

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