Using Tech to Connect-Being mindful about connecting through technology

Using Tech to Connect-Being mindful about connecting through technology

Use Technology Thoughtfully when Communicating


Individuals report experiencing feeling happiest when engaging in text, phone, and face to face communications. Social media may keep us informed, but is not as rewarding as speaking in person or by phone. If you can’t talk directly, texting is the next recommended way to communicate effectively.  Face-time is also useful.

Quick Tips:

  • Pick up the phone and call your friends or family members.
  • Pick up the phone when friends and family call you.
  • Make plans and schedule time to connect. Before leaving a conversation, schedule an estimated time you can reconnect with loved ones.
  • Be willing to initiate communication first; don’t wait for others to contact you. Initiating phone calls can be hard if you are keeping score. If imbalanced, consider that relational connections are your strength.
  • Agree to general guidelines about the use of technology in relationships. (i.e. put phones away during mealtime, agree to specific times when technology is turned off)
  • Do not respond immediately when angry or emotional. Give yourself a chance to cool off before responding, especially when using technology
  • Share differences and resentments about technology usage before it becomes an argument.

Have realistic expectations when using technology to communicate with family and friends. Maintaining healthy, open communication can be challenging even while living under the same roof. Learn to adopt strategies to remain meaningfully connected is a lifelong process. 

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