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Hooked: The Pitfalls of Media, Technology and Social Networking

Hooked: The Pitfalls of Media, Technology and Social Networking

by Gregory L. Jantz


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The New Addiction
What you start out controlling can end up controlling you.
From Twitter to iPhones, from Facebook to tablets, we have an endless supply of media and gadgets to hook our interest, snag our wallets, and occupy our time. Think back over the last five years. How much of your time was devoted to online activities? How much of your real life has been gobbled up or googled up in your net life?
In Hooked, counselor and addiction specialist Dr. Gregory Jantz speaks enthusiastically and frankly about the gizmos and gadgets, social media magnets, and Internet sidetracks we have at our fingertips. With real-life examples and biblical applications, he presents a celebration of the positives technology offers and a cautionary tale about the negatives it unleashes, including:
·        The power and dangers of the web
·        The myth of multitasking
·        Overcoming disconnection anxiety
·        The psychology behind Internet addiction
·        Employing the ultimate filter and taking back control of your life

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616382575
Publisher: Charisma Media
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Gregory L. Jantz, PhD, is the best-selling author of numerous books, including Hope, Help, and Healing for Eating Disorders. He is the founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc., a leading health care facility in the Seattle, Washington, area specializing in whole-person care with mental health, chemical dependency, nutrition, and medical services. Visit his website at, and yes, you can follow him on Twitter @GregoryJantzPhD.

Table of Contents

Introduction: This Is the Air I Breath 1

Chapter 1 A Locked Front Door and a Wide Open Web 13

Unlimited Access 19

Love Affair 21

Exceptional Life 23

Connection Section 25

Chapter 2 Multi-Taxed 29

Two Things at Once 31

Bait and Switch 36

Not Me 37

The Tyranny of TMI 39

Tuning Out 43

Being There 45

Connection Section 47

Chapter 3 This Is Your Brain on YouTube 51

Having Fun 54

Impulse Control 57

Long View 58

Connection Section 63

Chapter 4 Thank You for Being a Friend 67

Friend as Verb 69

Redefinition 72

Social Netiquette 75

Culling the Herd 78

Connection Section 80

Chapter 5 Just Like Real Life 83

Virtual Reality 85

Escape Hatch 86

Hiding in Plain Sight 89

Fantasy 91

You Don't See Me 93

About-Face 94

Connection Section 95

Chapter 6 Real Connection 99

Disconnected 101

Virtual Intimacy 103

Greener Grass 106

A Site for Sore Eyes 107

Artificial Intimacy 112

Tend Your Relationships 115

Facebook and Your Marriage 116

Connection Section 117

Chapter 7 Instant Download 121

Time Warped 122

Great Expectations 125

Control Issue 126

Tyranny of the Urgent 129

Discomfort 132

Connection Section 134

Chapter 8 The Angst of Off-Line 139

Disconnect Angst 141

Technological Tethers 148

Safety 151

Work 153

Social 155

Navigation 157

Connection Section 158

Chapter 9 Transfer of Power 163

Role Reversal 165

All Access 168

Lead by Following 169

Connection Section 174

Chapter 10 Who Are You, Really? 179

Giving Ground 181

Technology as Magnifier 182

The Reflection of Discontent 185

Connection Section 189

Chapter 11 Find the Off Switch 193

The Off Switch 195

Tech Detox 196

Family Detox 203

Connection Section 207

Chapter 12 The Ultimate Filter 211

Boxes 213

Living on the Edge 214

Counting the Cost 215

Peace and Quiet 217

American Idol 220

Significant Other 222

Difficult Birth 223

Control Issue 225

Watchers 227

Shiny New Toy 228

Connection Section 229

Notes 231


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