I noticed an interesting report on the BBC news website a month ago or so concerning a growing trend of excessive use of social media by school children while doing online homework. It states that many parents try and control their children but find it hard to regulate how they use the internet. I can hear many of you say the same as one parent who says: “There have always been distractions. I can remember being told off for reading Jackie magazine inside my textbooks.” So, has anything changed?
When receiving feedback from my last blog entry on labelling internet addiction I received a twitter comment from @forwardtherapy, stating “My professional experience is, the label is less significant than discussing Internet use as a response to life circumstances”.
Much of my blog is focused on the rise in attention many of us are putting into the internet and technology. To me at least it seems that tech is taking up more and more of our time and changing the way we relate to each other, society and indeed ourselves.
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The ALS ice bucket challenge has made $100 million for research into ALS which is 3500% more in donations than this time last year. I can’t help but be overwhelmed with the response and generosity of the world population. It’s such a great example of how the internet can bring people all around the world together to help the needy.
I was recently writing a paper on how CBT has changed the theory and practice of integrative psychotherapy. What became instantly apparent was that CBT is a reaction to the society in which it is born out of, similarly to Psychoanalysis at the beginning of the 20th century.
I was recently reading the book The will of knowledge by the 20th century philosopher Foucault on the repressive nature of the church in the 18th and 19th century towards sex.
I was recently struck by the behaviour of a young boy on the street. He was running around stepping on manhole covers and yellow hose covers in the street – seemingly oblivious to others around him. His father apologised for his behaviour saying: ‘He’s just trying to get his bonus.’ ‘Sorry? How do you mean?’ I asked.
The next item on our Christmas lists is set to be wearable technology. Apple and Samsung has revealed its new watch range which links to your phone, to give you all of your notifications that are usually in your pocket, on your wrist – whilst Google is making its ‘Google Glass’ which is in essence a head display for our everyday lives.
I know you have, come on admit it. There is no shame in it, everyone has. We all want to look our best and now we have a camera with us just about wherever we go. Who hasn’t been tempted to take a picture or 50 to show the world how good we look or the cool things we’ve been up to.
When speaking to many of my friends and peers, what has come apparent to me is how people seemingly flit from one technological innovation to another; whether that be Candy Crush to 2048, Myspace to Facebook, or even the latest laptop or television. We’re desperately looking for the next ‘thing’ to help us relax, connect to the world or take up our time.