Welcome to a featured episode of Dr Ron Ehrlich’s Healthy Bite Podcast.
This episode features psychologist, Jocelyn Brewer. Rather than detoxing and unplugging from technology, her approach is more on the intelligent and intentional use and conscious consumption of our devices.
Tune in as Dr Ron and Jocelyn tackle more about digital media and its effect on people. Also recommended is the book by Jonathan Haidt, The Coddling of the American Minds.
Finding Balance In Our Digital World
Listen to the inspiring and motivational ideas Dr Ron explored with psychologist, Jocelyn Brewer. Jocelyn is a psychologist and educator. She specialises in helping people be well-connected and mentally fit. And why couldn’t we all use more of that?
Rather than detoxing or unplugging from technology (because that is unrealistic), Jocelyn focuses on the intelligent and intentional use of our devices and the conscious consumption of news, media, and information, and avoiding “information inflammation”.
She suggests if we have too much digital, mindless digital interaction, then this will affect chronic inflammation as well.
The Three M’s of Digital Nutrition
To support our balance in this digital world, Jocelyn Brewer introduces the three M’s of digital nutrition…
Mindful. Be mindful of your engagement with technology, don’t just mindlessly sit there and go down the rabbit holes of YouTube, TikTok, Facebook or Twitter or any other of these things.
Meaningful. Find a meaningful purpose to what you are actually doing.
Moderate. Be moderate with your time, and also moderate what you are watching.
Jocelyn also makes a point of talking about how this applies right across a family.
This goes back to a conversation Ron had last year with psychologist Jodie Lowinger from The Anxiety Clinic. She shared a statistic that was extremely concerning, and that is one in five children under the age of 18 are diagnosed with either anxiety or depression — and that is actually diagnosed. One can only imagine how many undiagnosed cases of anxiety and depression are going on!