Coast to Coast: Technology Overload with Nancy Colier

Psychotherapist, interfaith minister, author, and veteran meditator, Nancy Colier will discuss how our reliance on technology is rapidly changing how each of us experiences life and exacerbates problems like bullying of children, escalating it to vicious online attacks. She’ll cover how cyber bullying is driving people to suicide and what we can do to create a more empowered relationship with technology in the digital age.

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The Aware Show with Lisa Garr and Nancy Colier

Topic: The Power of Off

Nancy Colier

Interview Description: 

Did you know that on average people are checking their phone over 150 times a day!?  Our reliance on technology is rapidly changing how each of us experiences life. We’re facing new issues and difficulties, we’re encountering new emotional triggers, and we’re relating to each other in new ways.  So how do we stay sane in a virtual world?  Find some solutions today as Lisa interviews Nancy Colier about her book  The Power of Off: The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World.  

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NY Public Library: The Power of Off with Nancy Colier

Author Talk: Nancy Colier            NY Public Library/January 17th, 2017

Nancy Colier comes to Muhlenberg Library to discuss and sign copies of her most recent book, The Power of Off: the Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World.

Have you ever caught yourself checking your smartphone while you’re behind the wheel?

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Are You Afraid to Be With ‘Just’ Yourself (Without Your Smartphone)?

People often ask me how I think human beings are changing as a result of our addiction to technology. The fact is we are changing in innumerable ways but perhaps none more profound than in our relationship with ourselves, that is, how we experience our own company.

It is paradoxical really.  On the one hand, we believe that every cinnamon latte we consume is extraordinary and meaningful to others.  We share every thought and feeling, imagining the world as our doting mother, celebrating every itch we scratch.  And yet, despite our sense of self-importance, we, simultaneously, have lost touch with an internally generated sense of self worth or meaning.

We determine our value by the number of thumbs ups we receive on social media.  We don’t feel important or likeable until our friends validate us with public “likes.” And if our Snapchats are left unopened…

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How to Become Less Addicted to Your Phone?

Phone addiction is real and it’s infiltrated our everyday existence. It’s hard to be anywhere in public without seeing a surprising number of individuals glued to their smartphones—crossing the street, in the checkout line while shopping, sitting down to dinner with loved ones. “We are spending far too much of our time doing things that don’t really matter to us,” observes Nancy Colier, author of The Power of Off. She describes that people have become “disconnected from what really matters, from what makes us feel nourished and grounded as human beings.”

In her findings, Colier notes some alarming statistics. “Most people now check their smartphones 150 times per day, or every six minutes.” Furthermore, “46 percent of smartphone users now say that their devices are something they ‘couldn’t live without.'” For those of us who fall in the category of excessive phone checking—whether it’s texting, refreshing our emails, or absentmindedly losing ourselves in social media black holes—Colier shared with The New York Times a few steps to become less addicted to your phone and get back to enjoying real life.

Determine what’s necessary. It’s not realistic to give up our phones entirely or to even set strict rules that ban phone time. Our phones are essential for catching important emails, calls, and texts and while we shouldn’t be checking them every six minutes, it is reasonable to stay tuned throughout the day. Assess your phone use and determine what’s really essential to get through the day and what’s actually just a habit that’s contributing to self-distraction. Commit to only relying on your phone for the former and cut out the excess that’s hogging up your time and attention.

Take baby steps. As you break your phone addiction, start with small steps that refocus your time and energy toward what really matters. Refraining from using your device while eating or spending time with friends should be rules you always follow. Consider what other activities fall into this category and begin to reduce phone use in ways that allow you to better enjoy the moment at hand.

Refocus your time. Take a time out to assess what really matters to you in life. What do you find most important and nourishing to your wellbeing? Decide to devote more time and attention to those practices as you reduce your phone time spent scrolling aimlessly through social media or compulsively refreshing your work email. You’ll eventually find these healthful activities—and a newfound attitude—will replace your bad phone habits and you’ll enjoy more of life with your eyes taking in what’s beyond the screen.

Head to the comments to let us know if you’re trying to break the habit and share what strategies are working for you.

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