Technology Disconnect In Families

By Ashlea Johnson, LCSW

I meet with families all the time who discuss the disconnect in their families. They bemoan the technology that steals away the hours with their children as if it is some mystical force that they cannot control. I sit quietly for a long while most of the time and then eventually ask them, “Why don’t you have a technology curfew to protect some family time each day?” I wish you could see the befuddled look I get from parents at that question. It is as if I asked them to fly their… Continue reading

Facebook and Natural Selection

By Ashlea Johnson, LCSW

Don’t worry, this is not another cautionary tale about the downfalls of online connection with people from your past. I am not warning you about the dangers of creepers online, or the increasing evidence that Facebook is becoming a tool of the unhappy and unappreciated husband or wife in finding validation. Quite the opposite in fact, I love Facebook. I have a great marriage, supportive friends of the non-virtual world kind, and a pretty good set of coping skills (as far as I know). And I have loved those few moments each… Continue reading

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