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Smartphones hurt our face-to-face relationships, says Sherry Turkle

MIT professor and best-selling author Sherry Turkle is making a call to put down the phone and talk. Today, we take a second look at technology and look at how to reclaim conversation because too many of us are silenced by our smartphones.
"You need to not be constantly distracted by a phone in order to come to other people and form relationships" says Sherry Turkle, author of "Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age." ( jeanbaptisteparis, flickr cc)
"Technology makes us forget what we know about life."- Sherry Turkle, author of "Reclaiming Conversation"

Many people may be scared to say it but our relationship with our phones could be damaging our relationships with each other. 

It's an unsettling ripple effect of the way we live with technology today. And it's a subject that the M.I.T. professor and best-selling author Shery Turkle has been thinking a lot about. Her work focuses on the "subjective side" of our relationships with technology.

Sherry Turkle's new book is called, "Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age." She joined Anna Maria from Boston. 

How has this digital age changed your relationships? 

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This segment was produced by The Current's Julian Uzielli.