This is the first generation of people that work, play, think and learn differently than their parents, … They are the first generation to not be afraid of technology. It’s like the air to them.” – Don Tapscott
In this episode of Digital Mindfulness, I speak with the Educator and Research Psychologist, Dr. Larry Rosen about his work and his perspective on the psychology of technology.
We are living through one of the greatest technological advancements the world has ever seen and as human beings we are just now learning how this impacts our psyches, our relationships and our physiology. Dr. Rosen is a Professor and is the former chair of the psychology department at California State University. He has dedicated his entire research agenda to understanding how techology affects human beings, particularly with respect to multitasking, social networking, generational differences and child and adolescent behaviour.
Dr. Rosen has written five books including iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming its Hold On Us and Me, MySpace and I: Parenting the Net Generation. He has also appeared on Good Morning America, NPR and CNN and has written for the New York Times, Newsweek, Time and the Los Angeles Times.
In this episode you’ll learn:
- How in-person empathy is six times more potent than virtual empathy
- Strategies we can take to preserve our mental health whilst living in digitised societies
- How digital technology can produce behaviours that mimick narcissistic personality disorders