Feelings in Mind Essay

1540 WordsJan 31, 20147 Pages
Feelings in Mind Along with the development of technology, there are great changes in people’s daily lives. On the one hand, the use of technology in various territories brings people great convenience. On the other hand, these advanced techniques may cause some problems in social and personal aspects. In the essay “Alone Together”, the author, Sherry Turkle, illustrates that the technology not only does offer convenience to people, but also leads people to have inauthentic feelings and self-denial behaviors. Moreover, the intimacy offered by robots leads people to stop communicating with other human beings, and to abandon their real lives. Similarly to Turkle, in another work “Who Holds the Clicker?” the…show more content…
People spend much time surfing online, talking to strangers under their new identities, which leads to confusion of the world. However, after a while, people may deny their real identities and do not care about anything in their real lives. Turkle describes her view, “We create ourselves as online person and give ourselves new bodies, homes, jobs, and romances. Yet, suddenly, in the half-light of virtual community, we may feel utterly alone. As we distribute ourselves, we may abandon ourselves” (Turkle 273). On the other hand, technology not only offers people an inauthentic world to play the roles they never played before, but also controls and changes people’s physical feelings and emotions. Along with the development of medical technology, the use of advanced medical technology brings a major breakthrough in the fight against people’s diseases, such as OCD. This technique is based on DBS treatment, which can shut down a part of human’s feelings in order to treat OCD. However, one of the side effects of DBS is that people change their emotions very rapidly and unreasonably. Mario, who becomes one of the first American psychiatric patients in Slater’s work, explains his experiences, “When Mario talks about that time now, tears come to his eyes. ‘It was like a miracle, I still have some OCD symptoms but way, way less. Dr.
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