ZEN & TECH 61: How to deal with social addiction

ZEN & TECH is Mobile Nations' lifestyle podcast where we work on centering your inner geek and using technology to help reduce stress and live better lives. In today's episode, Georgia and Rene discuss why we're social, how we interact on networks, the differences between SMS/MMS, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, BBM, Line, Instagram, etc., how we benefit, and what can go wrong.



While Georgia is a therapist, she's not YOUR therapist. Everything said or implied on this show is for informational and entertainment purposes only. And shouldn't be taken in any way as a replacement for proper, professional care.


Music is Peace on Earth by wellman.

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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ZEN & TECH 61: How to deal with social addiction


Great show. First time I listened to Zen and Tech. I look at social media this way. It is a great tool as it enhances my life. If I'm out on a date with my wife unless absolutely important not answering any calls far less texting. I like what you said Georgia early in the segment about us teaching our kids not to appreciate boredom. Since moving to the U.S.A I miss the quiet times at the beach I enjoyed growing up. I am grateful for Skype especially (faults and all) cause definitely helps seeing loved ones over just hearing them a few years ago. I also enjoy the group thing with whatsapp. I more tolerate FB than use it, although Paper is great. For me social media definitely is a tool. Thankfully not addicted yet. Perhaps it is easier for those of us who remember the days before all this connectedness. When a phone was just that a device you used for mostly two-way communication. Once you hung up or ended the call you were disconnected no cloud to hang around in. Like all the tech gone before, you control it not let it control you. And that takes a lot of self-control. That perhaps is toughest thing to learn and get across to our kids. So from that perspective nothing's changed.

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Very true statements and with all things it depends on personality and how you use it.
Thanks for sharing your take and how you use social media!