Circle of Influence
I’ve written hundreds of blogs since I first created this website in 2005. Before entering grad school and becoming a therapist, I spent twenty years in the food service industry. It is with some embarrassment that I confess to posting recipes for my first year of blogging. In my defense, they were all “healthy” recipes. Perhaps more importantly, it was a time before social media as we know it today.
Those early posts have since been swapped out for more “psychologically-oriented” blogs. Over these many years, who I am has seeped out through my words. I eventually developed enough chutzpah to write for online periodicals such as MindBodyGreen, NoSidebar and The Medium, further revealing my POV.
For those who have followed me, you know I have an ambivalent relationship with technology. The medium is mind-blowingly, life-changing. Yet I have never owned a cell phone, or had a Twitter, Instagram, or TikTok account. For a short while, I did have a Facebook account. Like all addictions it was great in the beginning, providing me with a reliable hit of dopamine whenever I wanted it. And, like all addictions, it didn’t take long for it to have control over me.
Do I fear missing out? Sometimes. Do I feel disconnected from friends? More than I care to admit. Additionally, there are moments I question whether the rewards I claim are worth it. It can take days for a friend to respond to an email. Also, it hasn’t gone unnoticed, that talking on the phone has become something of a phobia to otherwise well-adjusted people.
Then something comes along, reminding me why I have chosen to live a (somewhat) tech-free life. This documentary on Netflix is one of them. Yes, I have a bias. Yes, I would like everyone to be more mindful in their use of social media. But this documentary goes beyond that. It speaks to what is happening to the very fabric of our society.