Put down your phone and stop texting: the need to interact in real life as technology increases

Watch this video on why we need real life moments of interaction and communication, and how even when we’re together we are still on our phones and not with the people who are actually there with us in real life.

http://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together

I’m the first to admit I’m guilty of preferring to send a long text or email instead of waiting to say it in real life. The speaker explains why – it’s our desire to control, edit, and perfect what we want to say, because real life communication is sometimes messy, unpredictable and inarticulate, and sometimes the conversation may not go the way we want it to go – the perfect way we have planned it in our heads, or we might never get the chance to say all the things we want to say.

But nothing beats a moment, an interaction, a conversation in real life, in real time.

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How to heal from common heartaches.

Watch this TED talk on emotional first aid: https://youtu.be/F2hc2FLOdhI

• why when you’re feeling lonely you’re even more unlikely to reach out – because of fear of rejection

• why when faced with rejection we beat up on our self esteem even more, instead of working to build it up again

• how to fight ruminating and negative thoughts

• why we need to focus on our emotional health as much as our physical health