Known around the world for his teachings on common disorders and whole-person care, Dr. Gregg Jantz shares his decades of insight through books, articles, guest lectures, and radio shows. Recently appearing on Life, Love, and Family, Dr. Jantz discussed the smartphone generation and how technology has altered relationships, especially in youth.
Dr. Gregg Jantz has had a tremendous impact on the lives of his patients through his profound understanding of conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders and more. With over three decades of dedicated research and practice, he’s developed a unique approach to care that helps people overcome the common issues preventing them from living their happiest and most productive lives.
He’s the author of 37 books and numerous articles that have been featured in publications such as the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and Psychology Today. In addition, Dr. Gregg Jantz is the founder of The Center, A Place of Hope which has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading treatment centers for depression.
As a parent and spouse, one of the topics Dr. Jantz feels most connected to is technology and how devices such as smartphones have altered our relationships. Recently, he sat down for the Life, Love, and Family radio show to share some of his insight with listeners.
“What can happen in our new digital world is we get disconnected from our relationships,” says Dr. Gregg Jantz. “We have developed what is called ‘partial attention,’ and we’re living through life these days with our technology and our partial attention. And if we have partial attention, then we have partial distraction.”
He points out that children and teenagers are developing in two different ways: by growing up in reality and by growing up online through digital adolescence––through constant use of technology. With the increased use of smartphones, tablets, video game consoles, and other technologies comes a disconnect between the real world and the digital world. Youth, he explains, are creating online personas that differ from their typical attitudes or expressions in everyday life. They’re becoming invested in their online relationships to the point that they neglect their real-life relationships, and this can lead to severe depression.
Dr. Gregg Jantz’ solution is simple and can be introduced into any household.
“What we need is to build in regular times of technology detox, which allows us to look at the world in a different way,” says Dr. Gregg Jantz. “We develop these relationships with technology for a lot of reasons such as escapism, feeling safe, or staying in the loop. However, we should limit our family’s and our own time spent with technology so it doesn’t become a habit or a crutch.”
He reminds his audience how impressionable our children are and how they’re likely to model on our own habits of technology use. By setting aside time to be technology-free, we can build up our personal relationships again, improve our own well-being, and instill healthier habits in our families.
Dr. Jantz discusses limiting technology use in our households and how this specifically affects relationships with our children in his book Ten Tips for Parenting the Smartphone Generation.