Do you pick up your phone first thing in the morning? And in line at the grocery store? The moment you get in the car? While waiting for coffee? Does the number of “likes” you receive bother you, even though you’ve told yourself again and again that it shouldn’t matter? Do you spend more time on your phone than you wish you did? Or perhaps more than your partner wishes you did? Do you love your phone but hate your phone?
This is the place to talk about these things.
The internet is the most irresistible force in many of our lives: essential, time-sucking, beautiful, helpful, dangerous, and so much fun. Our phones have fundamentally changed how we take in information, enter relationships, and even deal with difficult emotions. Although many may not recognize the term nomophobia (“a fear or worry at the idea of being without your mobile phone or unable to use it”) many, many individuals recognize the experience. The internet has changed… everything.
And yet, beyond discussions of cyber-bullying and pornography, we rarely discuss the ways our smartphones shape our moods or our patterns of behavior and thought. Technology is changing what it means to be in relationship, both with ourselves and with others. It’s time to talk about it.
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