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Creating meaningful and sustainable relationships in the digital age
Anthony Silard Ph.D.
It's time to step away from a fully digital existence. Here's how.
Going "cold turkey" is a straightforward choice for someone addicted to cigarettes or other drugs. But when internet use becomes problematic, cutting it out completely is rarely an option.
Make an effort to slow down and schedule times at which you will go online.
Take more time for genuine interactions with life with these strategies.
Our children observe how we regulate our own cravings vis-à-vis any new technology, and they tread in our footsteps.
Set limits to the amount of time you spend checking your digital devices so you can create real-time connections.
Direct how you use technology rather than allowing it to direct you.
Is there a panacea for living a long, meaningful, healthy life?
Acknowledge that each person in your life at times needs to be closer to you, and at other times needs to be more distant.
The delicate balance between persistence and insistence.
Here's some help for putting social rejection in perspective.
The more we can detach from the perpetually shifting social distance in each of our relationships, the more we become a safe space for the emotions of others.
Respecting the need for social space with one another can do well for the quality of our relationships.
Rethinking our approach to friendship may just save it.
Learning to deal with feelings of rejection in childhood can help us through tough times ahead.
Does social media work against our mental health?
Rejection isn't fun for anyone. But learning how to cope with will lessen the sting.
Can you find purpose in your loneliness?
Make sure your social connections are the ones that really count.
Consider what happens if we take the phrase “solo journey” literally. Try spending all of your time alone and see how that works for you.
Strategies to rediscover the love within you.
What kinds of values and beliefs have you recently been given the opportunity to reevaluate?
Some believe we enter and exit this world alone. But do we?
Could it be that we claim to be self-interested even though in reality we are just as interested in the welfare of others, if not more?
If respect for diversity brings about change, why is MLK’s dream still so poignantly unrealized?
In many ways, the political divisions that tear our country apart are rooted in the rights of the individual versus the benefit of the collective.
The major event of 2020 that put diversity squarely on the global map, teeing it up for potential sweeping social change, was the murder of George Floyd.
While it’s certainly true that no two pandemics are alike, it’s also true that no two emotional responses to a pandemic are alike.
The one-year anniversary of the pandemic is here and an important question is: “How will we emerge from it?” Here are five changes in our lives that have become ubiquitous.
One question I have been asking myself is, “Why did the George Floyd murder take place during the worst public health crisis of most of our lifetimes?”
Anthony Silard, Ph.D., has taught or lectured on leadership at California State University San Bernardino, Claremont McKenna College, IESE Business School, Harvard, Stanford, and Georgetown. His latest book is Screened In.