Reclaiming Conversation

February 2017


Since the beginning of the semester, we had been reading Sherry Turkle’s Reclaiming Conversation. When I came across her chapter on Romance, I was intrigued. One passage especially caught my attention:
“While we think that we would be the happiest if we had more choices, constrained choice often leads to a more satisfied life…The problem with infinite choice is that it makes us unhappy because we can’t bring ourselves to make any choice, and no choice feels definitive” (p. 182-183).
This chapter, and our class discussion on this chapter, helped me decide which direction I was going to take for my inquiry project. I realized that I am very interested in the problem with relationships and marriage in America. Therefore, this book served as the initial turning point in my project.