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Reclaiming Conversation By Ditching Our Devices

The holidays: a time when many people spend time with family. Kids are home from school for days on end, and tensions over things like smartphones at the dinner table may be even more pronounced than usual.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks to Sherry Turkle, a psychologist and sociologist at MIT, and author of many books including, most recently, “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age,” about the influence technology is having on us – on our conversations, creativity, ability to empathize, and other aspects of our relationships – and what we can do about it.

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A young couple takes a photograph with a mobile phone during the last sunset of 2015 in Yangon on December 31. (Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)
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A young couple takes a photograph with a mobile phone during the last sunset of 2015 in Yangon on December 31. (Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)