NO APP FOR LIFE
More and more young adults are now realizing that the digital lifestyle they grew up in has, in fact, not met the promises of greater connections. Honest conversations reveal they feel more unfulfilled and lonelier as a result of the forced superficial, judgmental, overly dependent and artificial connections of social media and the digital socialization experience.
No App For Life follows the Embrace and Let Go © paradox. We can Embrace the aspects of 21st Century technology that enriches the values of the human experience, and also be empowered to Let Go of elements that erode our authentic human needs, relationships and personal development.
We are all “inter-connected” and the reality is that our 21st century technology has created some unrealistic expectations, fewer boundaries between our personal and professional lives, confusion due to the lack of protocol for social interaction, and the experience of judgmental social media connections in the digital age.
We offer a forum to examine the true effects of our digital lifestyle, reevaluate the way we’re using our technology, analyze how our devices are shaping our personal development, question the influence of digital devices on our children, and join together to create new social norms for a healthier relationship with the ever growing technology of the 21st century.
EMBRACE AND LET GO ©
"Celling Your Soul" takes a unique approach to the contemporary issue of digital dependency by listening to those who were the first to be socialized in the digital landscape. How do the Millennials really feel about the world of 24/7 connectivity and what can we learn from them? You might be surprised to learn, they 'hate it!'
In one short decade we've totally changed the way we communicate with one another. But, have we stopped to ask, how are those changes, changing us? Media and Communication Professor Joni Siani was on the front line of the digital revolution. She explains that when these changes started 'my classes turned into two hours Facebook and texting therapy!' Siani started to change the conversation from what do you think to 'how do you feel?'
Siani was shocked to learn of the depth of anxiety, stress, addiction and mental health issues associated with the demands of 24/7 connectivity. Together, she and her students challenged the new norms and found an empowering solution.
Celling Your Soul is not 'anti technology, it's pro human' and reminds us of the importance of authentic human connectivity. These students, who learned the power of empathy and the real meaning of intimacy, are now passionate about paying it forward.
In one short decade, we have totally changed the way we interact with one another. The Millennials and the iGeneration, the first to be socialized in a digital world, are now feeling the unintended consequences. More and more are saying enough is enough. Research now shows a population with an exponential increase in stress, anxiety, depression, attention deficit, and obsessive-compulsive behavior, and who are the most technically advanced generation, yet most socially awkward.
Celling Your Soul: No App for Life is written for young adults by media and social science professor Joni Siani. It evaluates the paradox of our love/hate relationship with our digital devices, explains why we feel emotionally disconnected, and provides empowering strategies and simple changes for more fulfilling, balanced, and authentic human connectivity within the digital landscape.
An invaluable read for both parents and educators in order to understand how our digital media is shaping the social skills and mental health of the next generations. When it comes to fulfilling emotional “connections,” we are human. We come with all the apps we need.
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