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Relationships vs. Cell Phones – Staying Connected in a Connected yet Disconnected World | Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill, Fort Washington Counseling and Therapy

by Deborah Owens,

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.

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This entry was posted on July 31, 2012 by in Drugs & Addiction, Social Media, Texting and tagged , , , , , , .
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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