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Left to Our Own Devices : Outsmarting Smart Technology to Reclaim our Relationships, Health, and Focus - Margaret E. Morris

Left to Our Own Devices

Outsmarting Smart Technology to Reclaim our Relationships, Health, and Focus

By: Margaret E. Morris, Sherry Turkle (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 11th December 2018
ISBN: 9780262039130
Number Of Pages: 192
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Unexpected ways that individuals adapt technology to reclaim what matters to them, from working through conflict with smart lights to celebrating gender transition with selfies.

We have been warned about the psychological perils of technology: distraction, difficulty empathizing, and loss of the ability (or desire) to carry on a conversation. But our devices and data are woven into our lives. We can't simply reject them. Instead, Margaret Morris argues, we need to adapt technology creatively to our needs and values. In Left to Our Own Devices, Morris offers examples of individuals applying technologies in unexpected ways-uses that go beyond those intended by developers and designers. Morris examines these kinds of personalized life hacks, chronicling the ways that people have adapted technology to strengthen social connection, enhance well-being, and affirm identity.

Morris, a clinical psychologist and app creator, shows how people really use technology, drawing on interviews she has conducted as well as computer science and psychology research. She describes how a couple used smart lights to work through conflict; how a woman persuaded herself to eat healthier foods when her photographs of salads garnered "likes" on social media; how a trans woman celebrated her transition with selfies; and how, through augmented reality, a woman changed the way she saw her cancer and herself. These and the many other "off-label" adaptations described by Morris cast technology not just as a temptation that we struggle to resist but as a potential ally as we try to take care of ourselves and others. The stories Morris tells invite us to be more intentional and creative when left to our own devices.

ISBN: 9780262039130
ISBN-10: 0262039133
Series: Mit Press
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 11th December 2018
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.9
Edition Number: 1