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"Use Our Screens to Stop Being Dependent of Them" Therapy App Raises Questions

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 The launch of a 2012 app is raising questions today about its efficiency. TalkSpace is a way to "wean dependent people off their screens". So far so good. Only here is the thing, you are obliged to follow this course whilst on your smartphone. Seems a little confusing to me.

Therapist Nicole Amesbury believes this to be the new generation of therapy. She says that it is imperative that a problem is dealt with from its source, in this case social media. To her there is no better way to use that than to get away from it. I know, still very confusing. What she is trying to get across is the fact that people are too addicted to their smartphones and everything that follows. Got that part. If people take on this 12 week course on their own screens, wherever they want, whenever they want, they should be helped to realise the impact that social media is having on their lives, the addiction as it were. Well, that's the theory.

Needless to say I'm a bit reluctant, but at the same time I see her point. The course is supposed to be made to fit in with our lives as they are, without the trouble of booking appointments for example. You should be able to follow the treatment in a way that suits you. Texting is a normal part of most people's lives, why not text a therapist. This would also give access to those who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford the more classic, more expensive treatment. Again, another fair point. Maybe the idea isn't so far fetched after all.

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It is true that at one point in our lives we have all thought that maybe we should reduce the amount of time we spend on our screens, big or small. In fact, Roni Frank, co-founder of TalkSpace, admitted that she found somewhat unhealthy the fact that she would spend any spare time she had connection posting on Instagram instead of being with the ones around her. She even found herself anxious when she did not have internet access at all. This is a clear sign that the habit of having social media at our finger tips could be becoming more and more of a problem if only used to kill time. Of course this isn't good news for social media.

The therapists behind the idea wanted to develop a programme that would help people think more independently and be able to control their urge to constantly be on social media. Unfortunately the use of Facebook for example, or Twitter, has changed the way people think of what breaking up is or cheating even. We live in a world where a lot of our lives are made public, therefore making it easier to create conflict. These therapists hope to bring people back to a stage where they do not feel the urgency to post every waking hour.

Although it is cheaper than a therapist as we know it, this social media "rehab" does involve a few monthly costs, including an unlimited messaging fee and 24/7 access. If they have had to invent an app to help people reduce the amount of time we spend on apps, we might all need to take a long hard look in the mirror and see how the over usage of social media has affected our lives.



One of the newest members of The SMF Group. Although she loves a good city life, she grew up in the beautiful French countryside. Who knew that talking to a bunch of cows and friendly chickens would get her here? Quite used to writing stories in her bedroom, she is now deciding if she's cut out for content writing. We'll see! Follow her @SophieAtSMF


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"Use Our Screens to Stop Being Dependent of Them" Therapy App Raises Questions Reviewed by Sophie Giscard on Thursday, September 24, 2015 Rating: 5

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