Login to Your Life by Jenni Copeland-Welp - Read Online
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Do you ever look around and see what an electronically saturated society we are? Go out to a restaurant and take a look around. The majority of us fill our lives with our cell phones, computer games and social media. My work and my experience personally and professionally lead me to propose that this society is out of balance. We are spending too much time on things that don’t matter (What I call “On Demand”fulfillment- social media, internet relationships, texting, video games ) and not enough time on things that do (connecting on a deeper emotional level, communicating face to face, enjoying the small gifts of life, setting and working toward goals, engaging our senses). Login to your life will describe these issues with case examples, and help you to identify where you may be impacted by the "On Demand" issues of today, from parenting, to relationships, to public drama and humiliation. It offers guidance in how to move forward, to include finding more meaningful ways to spend your time, to make your life more satisfying.
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Chapter 1 The Foundation

1970: the year of the floppy disc, the era of disco dancing, toys like silly putty, etch-a -sketch, Pet Rocks and the year I was born. Cell phones were non-existent. My dad is a doctor and he had a pager.. If he got a page when we were out, he had to find a pay phone to call back. Computers were owned by a very rare minority, and they weren't necessarily just for our entertainment. So when I was growing up, in order to entertain myself I had to play with toys, pick between five stations on the TV, play outside or call a friend (if I had their number in some kind of directory or something, or could find it in the phone book). Finding people to hang out with was time consuming, and often ended in failure.

Jump Ahead To....

2013: the year of the tablets, the era of smart phones, the times of insanely realistic video games, the days of video streaming. If you think about it, today we can almost get anything we want, anytime we want--entertainment, shopping, dating, communicating, and connecting with others, eating. If I wonder if someone is out of town, I check Facebook. If my four-year-old decides she wants to watch SpongeBob, whether we are in the living room, the car, or a restaurant, she can watch SpongeBob. If I want interaction, but not too involved, I can text, email, or go onto a form of social media. If I want to buy some clothes for Crossfit (my exercise of choice) give me a minute--literally. Maybe I want to order my produce for the week; I can do that too. Technology has changed our lives and our focus. It has helped things to become so convenient, we can add more hours to our day. Everything in a snap. Everything at our fingertips.

The History of Communication

To understand where we came from, let’s take a quick look at the history and the modalities of communication. The progression in our ability to connect with one another has been amazing. It is really hard to believe that at one time humans used pigeons to communicate messages to one another and people had to ride horses long distances to deliver vital messages. Now the ease in which we can relay our message to whomever, whenever we choose is at our fingertips.

Due to all the means of communicating, we can get what we need quicker. It really adds a huge convenience factor to things, and with convenience comes more time. Before cell phones, there were many missed calls, repeated trips, messages that never got through. A trip to the market may have had to be repeated more than one time. How many times have you texted someone at the store with last minute needs? When I forget to write something on the grocery list, I can just text my husband when he’s there shopping for the week. Today it was in three separate texts: first chocolates, then macaroni, then Band-Aids. That saved us a trip, and at least 30 minutes. Gotta love that!

With all the great technology we have made great strides in our abilities to connect and formulate relationships with others (texting, phoning, face time, instant messaging, emailing, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). In some situations, our relationships have become faster, easier, and less obligated; I can wish people Happy Birthday in a click and I get 150 people telling me Happy Birthday on my special day. Many people count on the internet to make relationships...through dating/meet-up sites, and social media to reconnect with old friends. It really engages people more, or at least has the appearance of doing so.