All Kinds of News for October 10, 2018
Evoke Entrada therapists Tim Mullins, MA, LCPC and John Tobias, MS, CMHC will be speaking at this year's Young Adult Transition Association (YATA) Conference in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho on Thursday, October 18th. The title of their presentation is "Friend or Foe: An Exploration into the Role Technology Plays in Young Adult Mental Health."
In an era of pervasive Internet use (social media use in particular), there is little-to-no critical social discourse about its effects. The relatively recent Facebook personal information breach could be just the most immediate and visible of the mounting adverse personal and social consequences of its use. Widely thought of as “the great democratizer,” the Internet’s innocent, positive image is belied by its original purpose — surveillance. Facebook is now the largest source of news in the United States. In fact, 45 percent of Americans get their news from this one source, and it’s now widely known and accepted that it sculpts news content for each viewer (i.e., consumer). With over two billion users, Facebook finds itself in the position of media giant — a media giant that explicitly monetizes user information. This is unprecedented. We are in the midst of a grand social experiment the likes of which we’ve never seen.
There is rapidly accruing data that points to the connection between technology and mental health issues in adolescents and young adults. In fact, some social theorists assert that we’re on the verge of a mental health crisis — a crisis that can be attributed to the proliferation of Smart Phone technology. As face-to-face social contact has decreased drastically, we have a concomitant rise in mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and suicide.
The presentation will address the questions, "Dare we ask what the effects of social media use is on our young adults, both individually and socially?" and "What do we do about educating people on a healthy relationship with media, unfettered access to information like violence and pornography?" Therapists Tim Mullins & John Tobias believe that it’s imperative that we begin to actively define our relationship with social media by asking and consciously answering questions like these.
John Tobias recently wrote a blog on the topic as well. (https://www.evoketherapy.com/family-resources/blog/john-tobias/book-review-igen-by-jean-m-twenge-ph-d/)
About Evoke Entrada
Evoke Entrada is a Wilderness Therapy Program located in Southern Utah, operating year round and working with adolescents (13-17) and young adults (18 - 28+). Entrada is a clinically focused intervention that provides comprehensive support for clients and families and is designed to teach accountability, communication skills and healthy emotional and behavioral habits. Entrada is a proud member of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council and believes in the sharing of ideas among programs and colleagues in order to embody and promote best practices in the field of Mental Health and Outdoor Behavioral Health.