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There are plenty of things we can use to pull ourselves away from the present, from each other, from ourselves. I worry about children's ability to learn how to self-soothe when adults are so clearly dependent on electronic crutches. I think the generation that's growing up now with parents glued to facebook and smartphones are going to solve this problem for us simply by reacting against the trauma of being ignored.

I work in a public library, and the other day we had a lost child situation. The toddler could barely articulate his own name, he was so upset. Within half an hour, security found the parents- on a different floor, on the computer with headphones on, quite surprised to find their child had escaped from his stroller. I'm glad that Sherry Turkle is researching how technology serves our lives or doesn't. We have a lot to learn.