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"Savvy and insightful."  New York Times

“What Turkle brings to the topic that is new is more than a decade of interviews with teens and college students in which she plumbs the psychological effect of our brave new devices on the generation that seems most comfortable with them.”—Wall Street Journal

Alone Together is a major empirical and theoretical work that
illuminates the crisis of humanity at the dawn of the digital century.  Turkle has laid down a gauntlet for the rest of us to pick up. One can only hope that rabbis, novelists, and other engineers of the human soul will do so, translating Turkle's vitally important message into more urgent and intimate forms." Barnes and Noble Review

“Nobody has ever articulated so passionately and intelligently what we're doing to ourselves by substituting technologically mediated social interaction….  Equipped with penetrating intelligence and a sense of humor, Turkle surveys the front lines of the social-digital transformation….”—Lev Grossman, Time Magazine

“Important…. Admirably personal….Turkle’s book will spark useful debate….”—The Boston Globe

“Disturbing. Compelling. Powerful.”—Seattle Sun Times

“Turkle’s prescient book makes a strong case that what was meant to be a way to facilitate communications has pushed people closer to their machines and further away from each other.”—Publishers Weekly

“Turkle’s emphasis on personal stories from computer gadgetry’s front lines keeps her prose engaging and her message to the human species—to restrain ourselves from becoming technology’s willing slaves instead of its guiding masters—loud and clear.”  —Booklist

“Turkle summarizes her new view of things with typical eloquence…fascinating, readable.” —New York Times Book Review

“A fascinating portrait of our changing relationship with technology.” —

“A fascinating, insightful and disquieting “intimate ethnography” of our digital, robotic moment in history.” —Natural History Magazine    

“Turkle is a gifted and imaginative writer…[who] pushes interesting arguments with an engaging style.”—American Prospect

“Turkle is clearly passionate in describing what she sees as the looming social isolation being wrought by the new technology….Alone Together does offer a needed counter to the wholesale adoption of the social media and social robot.” —PsycCritiques


“A compelling argument against non-stop virtual living.” —Montreal Mirror (Canada)


Alone Together, a book that could not have been written by a robot, presciently probes the question: will we be technology’s willing slave or guiding master. Highly recommended reading.” —ETC: A Review of General Semantics


“Provocative.” —Irish Times


Alone Together stands as an entirely accessible,tantalizingly thought-provoking read…. Books like this and researchers like Turkle lending their expertise to the debate are absolute necessities.” —Online Education Database


 Alone Together offers tremendous insight and eloquently qualifies longing for genuine, nurturing relationships in the network culture.” —Banana Moments


 “Readers will find this book a useful resource as they begin conversations about how to negotiate and critically engage the technology that suffuses our lives.” —National Catholic Reporter


 “Indispensable.”—Rightly Understood blog, Big Think


“Highly recommended.” —Choice


“Turkle is too smart and hard-working to see technology solely as a cause of social or psychological disorders: this is not the book to read for shallow complaints that young people don't care about privacy or for scare stories about internet addiction.” —ZDNet UK


“Read Alone Together. And then talk about it with your colleagues, your students, and your friends—face-to-face.” —Continuing Higher Education Review


Alone Together offers a wealth of information about the numerous uses being made of new technologies.”—Futurist


“The picture that arises from [Alone Together] is not particularly comforting but it is always compelling and helps explain many behaviors one sees at play in society at large these days, especially among the young.” —Jewish Exponent


“Worth talking about.” —History News Network


“Compelling.” —Library Hotblog


“Sherry Turkle has distinguished herself as an astute observer of the subjective side of the relationship between people and technology…Turkle does an excellent job of bringing out the important questions behind the technologies with which she deals…Turkle is an engaging writer, and her stories are interesting, accessible, and thought provoking.” —Journal of Technology, Theology, and Religion

“Clear-eyed, even-keeled.” —TouchPoints blog


Alone Together serves as an efficient…overview of the problems we confront in the digital age.” —Buffalo News


“Subtle and interesting.” —TheGuardian (UK)


“Turkle…delivers a dark cautionary tale…Her unplug-before-it’s-too-late message is stark enough to make you reach for a land line and call someone you love.” —Las Vegas Business Press


Alone Together is a mighty fine lay person's introduction to where we are as a technological and social media society.” —


“A carefully researched and well-thought book.” —Deseret News


“Perhaps the world’s leading authority on the impact of gadgetry on our lives…Turkle is brilliant – and brilliantly disturbing.” —Sunday Times (UK)


“[Turkle’s] decades of teaching technology and daily living add authority to her fine survey!” —Bookwatch


“No one has thought more deeply nor researched more thoroughly human-computer relations [than Turkle].  Her book ‘Alone Together’ is an immensely satisfying read.” —Sherbrooke Record

“Enlightening.” —Globe and Mail

A thorough look at how devices affect our relationships by a psychologist with decades in the field…lucid, well-written analysis.” —Bloomberg Businessweek, 4-star review


There is such a wealth of information in Alone Together that it is impossible to cover all the insights and epiphanies in it that spark the mind and stir the soul.” —Spirituality and Practice


“[A] must-read.” —Albany Times Union


Turkle is a sensitive interviewer and an elegant writer….”—


“Vivid, even lurid, in its depictions of where we are headed…[an] engrossing study.” —Washington Post


“Alarming…Turkle is not a luddite, nor is Alone Together a salvo in some analogue counter-reformation. But it does add to a growing body of cyber-sceptic literature.” —Observer (UK)

“In this beautifully written, provocative and worrying book, Turkle, a professor at MIT, a clinical psychologist and, perhaps, the world’s leading expert on the social and psychological effects of technology, argues that internet use has as much power to isolate and destroy relationships as it has to bring us together.”—Financial Times

“[Turkle’s] interviews with teens and young adults who’ve grown up online are fascinating and her conclusions are provocative.” —Oregonian


Alone Together is a brilliant, profound, stirring, and often disturbing portrait of the future by America’s leading expert on how computers affect us as humans. She reveals the secrets of ‘Walden 2.0’ and tells us that we deserve better than caring robots. Grab this book, then turn off your smart phones and absorb Sherry Turkle’s powerful message.Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School professor and author of Evolve!, Confidence, and SuperCorp

“Based on an ambitious research program, and written in a clear and beguiling style, this book which will captivate both scholar and general reader and it will be a landmark in the study of the impact of social media.”—Jill Conway, President emerita, Smith College, and author of The Road from Coorain

“Sherry Turkle is the Margaret Mead of digital culture. Parents and teachers: If you want to understand (and support) your children as they navigate the emotional undercurrents in today’s technological world, this is the book you need to read. Every chapter is full of great insights and great writing.”—Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Laboratory

“No one has a better handle on how we are using material technology to transform our immaterial ‘self’ than Sherry Turkle. She is our techno-Freud, illuminating our inner transformation long before we are able see it. This immensely satisfying book is a deep journey to our future selves.” Kevin Kelly, author of What Technology Wants


Alone Together is a deep yet accessible, bold yet gentle, frightening yet reassuring account of how people continue to find one another in an increasingly mediated landscape. If the net and humanity could have a couples therapist, it would be Sherry Turkle.Douglas Rushkoff, author of Program or Be Programmed


“Sherry Turkle has observed more widely and thought more deeply about human-computer relations than any other scholar. Her book is essential reading for all who hope to understand our changing relation to technology.”Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

“Alone Together effectively chronicles many of the psychological effects of modern technology and connectivity. Turkle illuminates the central themes of modern life: loneliness, control, communication, and image.”—Technology Uninhibited (blog)

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