Digital technology has in less than a single generation, dramatically and permanently altered the ways in which humans connect and communicate with each other. Conversations and information transfers that once either weren't possible or took days to complete now occur in an instant. Technological advances are profoundly affecting humankind, forcing us to change on multiple levels.
As with all forms of human/social/technological change, these advances will be good for some and bad for others. Those who learn to effectively absorb information and use new technologies in healthy ways will flourish, and those who don't may feel increasingly disconnected from our technology driven world.
Robert Weiss, MSW, is a therapist, international speaker, author, and a blogger on PsychCentral.com, where he writes regularly on the topic of sex and intimacy in the digital age. He was featured in LA Weekly 2013 People issue as one of LA's most fascinating people. He currently serves as Senior Vice-President of Clinical Development for Elements Behavioral Health.
Jennifer P. Schneider, MD, PhD, is a physician, international speaker, and the author of nine books and numerous journal articles.
Chapter One: The New Generation Gap
Chapter Two: The Historical Impact of Technology on Human
Relationships and Communication
Chapter Three: The Internet: Where Everyone Can Be Heard
Chapter Four: Raising Healthy Children in the Digital Age
Chapter Five: Sex, Tech, and Love
Chapter Six: Online Vulnerability: The Dark Side of the Force
Chapter Seven: Digital Technology and the “New” Addictions
Chapter Eight: What’s Coming Next Has Already Been
Appendix I: Recognizing and Dealing with Technology Based Addictions
Appendix II: Online Protection for Children: Tracking, Filtering, and
Glossary: Getting Up to Speed with Tech Terms