The Digital Pandemic: Reestablishing Face-to-Face Contact in the Electronic Age [NOOK Book]

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From sundials to digital watches, smoke signals to cell phones, the telegraph to text messaging, technology has eased many aspects of daily life. But, Mack Hicks wonders, at what price? In his provocative new book, he explores how the digital revolution has caused society to become increasingly reclusive. By robbing us of our ability to relate on a one-on-one basis, the IT movement affects not only the individual, but also the educational system, the work environment, and the social scene in profound ways. Hicks...
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The Digital Pandemic: Reestablishing Face-to-Face Contact in the Electronic Age

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Overview


From sundials to digital watches, smoke signals to cell phones, the telegraph to text messaging, technology has eased many aspects of daily life. But, Mack Hicks wonders, at what price? In his provocative new book, he explores how the digital revolution has caused society to become increasingly reclusive. By robbing us of our ability to relate on a one-on-one basis, the IT movement affects not only the individual, but also the educational system, the work environment, and the social scene in profound ways. Hicks argues that the core problem is not the content of computer programs, but the actual process of computerization and mechanization, theorizing that it disrupts the balance of our primal “hunter” and “gatherer” personality types. Finally, he lays out a plan that shows how to retain the advantages of technology while taking crucial steps to reconnect with ourselves, our environment, and each other.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882824161
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Mack R. Hicks, Ph.D.,is a licensed psychologist in private practice for over thirty years, Diplomate of the American Board of Psychology, and one of the founders of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. He founded the first school in England for children with dyslexia, and was awarded the prestigious Royal Society of Art (FRSA)for his work. He is also the founder and chairperson of Lincoln Learning Labs, Inc.'s fourteen schools for children and adolescents suffering from emotional and neurologial disabilites. Hicks has presented research at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and was named a lead research scientist on a major grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He has written legistation that shaped the first statewide parent-choice legislation in the United States and is now the model for federal legislation. The author of, Parent,Child, and Community: A Guide for the Middle Class Urban Family . He resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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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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