ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media
by Deborah Owens, debowens.com
Staying Connected in a Connected yet Disconnected World
As a Counselor in Chestnut Hill, I see so many couples, individuals, and families who are struggling with a sense of disconnection. At a time when our cell phones allow us to be tethered to the workplace and the larger world many of us are discovering how challenging it can be to focus on the people in the room with us.
What can we do to maintain a healthier work-life-family balance and be more effective in our roles as spouses, partners, and parents? … I believe that we need to establish rituals for “turning off” the laptops, pads, and smart phones. Keeping it on your person is futile.
As a family therapist, I recommend you unplug by employing a “transition ritual”. An example is while walking in the door you place your phone in a bowl or basket for a set period of time, perhaps two hrs or even until the next morning.