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How We Created Our Loneliness

This is part three of a three-part series published over three consecutive weeks. While the term I use in this series, “brainwashing,” is admittedly a bit extreme, it is appropriate to describe what I am referring to: the unprecedented “disparate influence system” targeting a hyper-distracted population of individuals unwilling or unable to think for themselves. […]

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How We Became Lonely, Disconnected and Brainwashed

This is part two of a three-part series published over three consecutive weeks. Beware of false knowledge;it is more dangerous than ignorance. — George Bernard Shaw People are tiring of the social media model. It is for this reason that the bipartisanship-inducing effects of social media have led to fatigue with this platform as a […]

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Loneliness is What We Share: How We Became Disparately Brainwashed 

This is part one of a three-part series published over three consecutive weeks. Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it.  Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held … Believe nothing just because someone else believes it.  Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true. – Buddha A […]

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Transforming Friendships from Thematic to Genuine

This is part eight of an eight-part series published over eight consecutive weeks. Are you happy that, like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, you didn’t have to traipse around London to listen to someone else’s albums? Happy with the convenience of Spotify or iTunes? The Real Goal: Social Connection You may want to think twice: […]

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Our Pursuit of Convenience Produces Our Loneliness

This is part seven of an eight-part series published over eight consecutive weeks. Recall a recent situation and ask yourself whether you opted for convenience or connection. If you were having a meal with a friend and they told you about a recent trip with their kids, did you say, “I want to see pictures. […]

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From Theme to Depth: Developing Friendships in the Digital Age

This is part six of an eight-part series published over eight consecutive weeks.    Jenna, a nurse in Seattle in her early thirties, shared with me how she met her boyfriend in my new book Screened In: The Art of Living Free in the Digital Age:  I went on a date with a man who, upon first […]

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Online Dating: Convenience Over Quality?

This is part five of an eight-part series published over eight consecutive weeks.    Many people meet their soulmate online. Yet how do you use a dating app such as Tinder, Bumble or Match? Are you simultaneously engaging in chats with dozens of eligible partners as a means of escaping the real world, or—noting recent research […]

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Online Dating: Does It Really Work?

This is part four of an eight-part series published over eight consecutive weeks.    You can say a lot of things about dating in the Digital Age, but one thing is certain: putting yourself out there to meet that special someone is more “convenient” now. When you are cycling through hundreds of possible mates on Tinder, […]

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Our Lives Have Become Conveniently Lonely

This is part three of an eight-part series published over eight consecutive weeks.    You can make the decision today to question what and how you consume from the digital spigot. You can have a heart-to-heart with yourself about what you truly enjoy, and whether the easily accessed digital options are a sufficient substitute.  Do What […]

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Our Conveniently Lonely Lives

This is part two of an eight-part series published over eight consecutive weeks.   A work colleague from Pakistan once told me there are many well-heeled Pakistani women now who are able to hire one servant for each of their children. They often spend the day going to the spa, shopping, and having lunch with their […]

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