The Digital Pandemic: Reestablishing Face-to-Face Contact in the Electronic Age

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Are your kids spending the dinner hour texting at the table instead of conversing with the family? Are your co-workers constantly on their cell phones as deadlines fall on you? Are your friends Twittering information you'd rather not have night and day? Are jobs being lost because of personal information made publicly available on Facebook? And what about you: Where do you get world reports and everyday news?

It's hard to imagine a time when we survived without e-mails, cell ...

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Overview

Are your kids spending the dinner hour texting at the table instead of conversing with the family? Are your co-workers constantly on their cell phones as deadlines fall on you? Are your friends Twittering information you'd rather not have night and day? Are jobs being lost because of personal information made publicly available on Facebook? And what about you: Where do you get world reports and everyday news?

It's hard to imagine a time when we survived without e-mails, cell phones, text messaging and Internet surfing. More and more, we communicate through texting rather than speaking and see each other by way of webcams instead of in the flesh. Yet as important as this technology is to both personal and business matters, there is a great danger.

The Digital Pandemic: Reestablishing Face-to-Face Contact in the Electronic Age reveals the disconnection of the digital age and how we have lost touch with one another. As a society we are increasingly becoming reclusive in our personal interactions and falling deeper into cyberspace. Mack R. Hicks, PhD., examines this growing epidemic, focusing on the psychological reasons behind why we pay more attention to computers and cell phones than to each other.

Dr. Hicks reveals how to step out of the rubble of scattered e-mails and instant messages and reconnect with one another. The Digital Pandemic divulges critical insights into why this addiction happens and then offers proven strategies and practical solutions to help us unplug our attention from the computer screen and form or repair meaningful personal relationships.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882823157
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 How We Got Addicted 5

2 Halvin and Garrison: Hunter and Gatherer Personalities 23

3 Time to Inoculate? Electronic Impact on Kids 37

4 Twittering Our Creativity Away: Creativity and Computers 55

5 Lost in the Game World 63

6 The Vital Regimen: Family Cohesion 89

7 Education, Relaxation and Games 109

8 Robotic or Romantic? Mechanization and Marriage 127

9 Contamination: "Even the Mighty Shall Fail" 143

10 Disconnection in the Workplace 155

11 Gender Catharsis: Digital Styles in Men and Women 167

12 Physical Therapy: "We Are What We Do." 177

13 Interpersonal Politics 187

14 Machines vs. Humanity 199

15 Future Mechanization Scenarios 207

16 From Impersonal Contact to Reconnection 217

17 Suggestions for Inoculating the Family 223

Conclusion: Mechanization and the Hunter Spirit 239

App Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever Suggestions for Schools 245

Acknowledgments 257

Notes 259

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