Technology and the Relationship Revolution


Last September, the Networker published an issue called “Life After 2.0,” devoted to exploring whether we’ve crossed a threshold in our relationship to technology--even therapists like me, a committed technophobe. As we explored the social and clinical impact of the ever-more-advanced communication technologies, I got more and more curious about what I was missing out on. Finally, I took the plunge and bought an iPod, and my life hasn’t been the same since.

Through the endless feast of free podcasts that I soon discovered on iTunes, it was as if I was on personal terms with the best talkers and smartest minds in the world, who were magically available to me in my car, on walks through my neighborhood, even in my jogs on the treadmill in my gym, whenever I wished. Ever since, my iPod has become a constant companion--I probably spend more time with it than I do to just about anybody else in my life, besides my wife--although sometimes she might even disagree with that.

The pervasive impact of technology, both inside and outside the consulting room, will be an important theme of this year’s Symposium, “Braving New Worlds.” In particular, I’d call your attention to “Cyber Intimacy and Cyber Solitude,” the opening keynote by MIT professor Sherry Turkle, author of the just-published Alone Together, who’ll offer a fascinating look at how the blurring of boundaries between ourselves and computers is affecting the way all of us think, feel, and interact. Also, don’t miss Don Meichenbaum’s luncheon address on Technology and the Future of Psychotherapy--as well as a dozen other workshops exploring the applications of technology in practice, including Future of Practice Workshops and The Business of Therapy Workshops.

What impact has technology had on your world, both good and ill? Has it changed how you practice and communicate with clients? Has it raised ethical or clinical questions you’d like to share? We invite you to tell us about your experiences and ask any questions you may have.

Rich Simon

01.04.2011   Posted In: NETWORKER EXCHANGE   By Rich Simon
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    • Not available avatar 01.10.2011 09:08
      The age we live in is of a truth,incredible. To use & keep current with the technology we have to better inform & serve people is necessary. At the same time, we can never afford to forget that there is no substitute for actually being with someone. God's speed.
      • Not available avatar jane 03.02.2012 14:20
        i'm a technophobe, cyber-communication is my biggest stressor. i practice mindfullness, and actually being with someone makes mindfullness and understanding so easy, but how are we supposed to do it using technology when the person is not actually there? the miscommunication causes more stress. Ipod's and downloads are great for learning and for some time out though!
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