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It seems social distancing and increased downtime for many Australians equates to more screen time. Not a week goes by when cyber-related challenges aren't raised in the counselling room.
The most common areas for concern discussed in counselling are:
If you have children, there are some great online safety quizzes to check their understanding around sharing their images, giving out their information and what to do about online bullying. It could save their life.
I totally love we've become even more connected and technology is a life-line during a pandemic. Long-distance relationships are enhanced with it and those living or travelling abroad feel closer than ever. In day-to-day life, however, screens are often an unwanted third person in the relationship. When both partners are screen-addicted, it's some sort of crazy foursome where the only real connection is the charging port that sustains this unhealthy attachment.
It's not just our children with whom we need to have sensible discussions. We also need to communicate with our partners. Here are some topics to ask each other:
Enjoy the wonders of technology to be entertained, organised and informed, but if you're withholding information from your partner about your screen use, it's your red flag.
May any downtime feature a healthy balance of enjoying others, exercising outside and whatever else fills you with joy during a pandemic!
Watch this space next week as I contemplate if social distancing increases the use of pornography?
Joanne Wilson is a neuropsychotherapist, relationship specialist, workshop facilitator and guest speaker. Tune into radio Salt106.5 each Friday morning for her co-host of the Morning Wakeup. Don’t miss more on her weekly Sunshine Coast Daily Relationship articles in her “Is This Love” Podcast and download your FREE relationship resources at www.relationshiprejuvenator.com
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