Social media started as a powerful tool to connect us with old classmates and distant relatives. Relationships that were next to impossible to maintain became as easy to keep up with as a few clicks and a couple dozen keystrokes. These interconnected, visual platforms were a far cry from the chain emails of the years
By: David Greenfield, PhD, MS, LMFT | Technology Addiction A New Normal Americans have not yet processed how to deal with the smartphone’s ever-presence in daily living. We are only now beginning to address the intrusion these digital devices can create in our public and personal spaces and are starting to develop social norms on
Summer is fast approaching and people are getting ready for a few months of freedom and fun. It’s a time for warm days, barbecues, festivals, holidays, beach trips and more. Summertime provides the perfect time to gather with friends and family for socializing, relaxing, and recreation. For some, though, summer presents some additional challenges. Many
Our fascination with social media has taught us how to avoid our fear and loneliness. We have also learned how to mask our unwanted feelings and fall deeper into the mindless activity of scrolling, liking, and commenting. We often don’t realize the countless hours we lose to our virtual addiction. It is an endless cycle.
There’s no returning to a world free from constant digital distractions. People walking down the street, their gaze glued to the screen of their smartphone, would have looked absurd two decades ago. Today it’s almost more surprising to see someone going about their day without their phone in their hand. The COVID-19 pandemic escalated everyone’s