09.13.2010 Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE By Psychotherapy Networker
Well, it’s arrived: the September/October issue is online! I think that this is a really special issue--truly, this topic of how our human relationships are affected by our digital ones is extremely relevant.
The significance of these articles extend far beyond psychotherapists, mental health professionals, and the field of psychology, and even far past people with an interest in psychology. These articles are relevant to everyone because as hard as we may try, we cannot escape the digital revolution. It’s utterly impossible these days not to be involved with technology.
It doesn’t even matter if you don’t have an e-mail account or have never heard of Facebook (although the numbers of people in these categories are dwindling by the day,) the World Wide Web and a slew of other technology has entrapped us all.
Except it’s not really a bad thing. I do find myself to be a bit more old-fashioned than many of my peers--all of us who took computer classes along with art and music in elementary school--groaning at the fact that becoming “Facebook official” is a term that we all understand and use to mean that two people are in a relationship and ready to proclaim it to the world. I use this expression and many others because our everyday language has adapted to include technology.
People immediately understand when others use “Friend” as a verb rather than a noun, indicating that someone has requested them to be their friend on Facebook. And although a friendship in real life is different than a friendship via the Internet, our real lives and our virtual lives have become exceptionally entangled.
This is important, of course, to those in the mental health profession, who work very closely with human relationships, to those in private practice who may want to look more closely at how they’re utilizing the Internet, to individuals who may feel overwhelmed by the vast amount of information that reaches their eyes and ears moment by moment, and really, to everyone, no matter their age or technological ability.
I urge you all to read the articles in the newest issue posted online here, and to pass it on to friends and colleagues. Whether they check their e-mail via their phones hourly--or whether they’ve never sent a text message--these articles are all incredibly interesting, refreshing, and exceptionally relevant.
Make sure to send your thoughts over to firstname.lastname@example.org, to comment here on the blog, or on our Facebook page. This issue definitely has tons of food for thought.