Are You Absently Present?

In 2016 Psychology Today called attention to the fact that smartphones fragment human consciousness. They contend that the habitual use of smartphones lowers our ability to be empathetic as well as diminishes the “quality of conversation.” This is our third in a series addressing technology and our relationships. In the first post we looked at…

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Are You Alone Together?

“You’re with your other husband again,’ Marilyn’s only husband would say every time she turned to her cellphone while the two were driving to dinner.  She thought he was just being his witty-self.”  But then his words began to get to her. In the last couple of years, I have written increasingly about our preoccupation…

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What Will They Say?

Do you ever wonder, if you could be a fly on the wall at your office, your home, your friend’s house, or even your church – what would you hear people saying about you?  Would they speak of your kindness and generosity or are they more likely to be discussing your self-centered arrogance?  Do people…

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Why Bother?

Oh the things that we stumble onto when we are cleaning out.  A couple of weeks ago I was going through some old books when I came across a grocery store coupon that was inside one of them.  All I can figure is that at some point in time, when I was reading it, I…

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Do You See?

While people’s inclinations seem to be the same from generation to generation, the nuances of the differences in issues can vary.  One of those issues that has changed faster than our relational insights, has been around technology – particularly cell phones.  I can assure you that 20 years ago I was not dealing with this…

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