We're lonely, but we're afraid of intimacy. And so from social networks to sociable robots, we're designing technologies that will give us the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship.

Sherry Turkle

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“Connected, but Alone?” TED2012. Feb. 2012. Conference Presentation.

Source: "Connected, but Alone?" TED2012. Feb. 2012. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote from cultural analyst Sherry Turkle means that people feel isolated and alone, but they are afraid of getting close to other people. As a result, we create faux, computerized versions of friendships (such as robots and social media connections) to help us feel less alone, as these fake "relationships" are easier to maintain and leave out the difficult parts of human companionship -- such as having a conversation with a live person. The quote is from Turkle's 2012 TED Talk on how we are redefining human connection using technology. Watch the full TED Talk here: Sherry Turkle - Connected, but Alone?