Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Web Secret #120: The Therapist's New Couch is Online

Many couples have made the painful discovery that the Internet is ruining their lives.

Whether their partner rekindled a long lost passion with an old flame they found on Facebook, or he/she discovered a craving for online porn, gambling, shopping and more, without a doubt, the web is now a source of temptation and sin that did not exist even 5 years ago.

Of course, the Internet seems to have been invented to make us contemplate the inherent yin and yang of existence. So for every evil, it offers up a potential solution.

The newsletter "Connections" recently published "The Therapist's New Couch is Online", a thought provoking article by Tim Atkinson which highlights how some are taking an online approach to end marital strife.

Tim points out that research shows, "most couples wait several years after problems emerge before seeking out relationship counseling. And by the time they get into couples therapy it might well be too late." The thinking is that though "an online method won’t be as powerful, couples might use it earlier than traditional marriage counseling, and so it would be more effective." He enthuses, "If this is the way the world is heading, then it feels good to know that [we are] heading with it..." and concludes by exhorting his colleagues to, "Be part of the future, and take a look."

I read Tim's post shortly after taking a look at the most recent Beloit College Mindset List. Each August since 1998, Beloit College provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college each fall. It is a catalog of the rapidly changing worldview of each new generation. Within 10 years, these young people are going to be invading the workplace and our professional practices. If you don't think their Zeitgeist is dramatically different than the over 25 crowd, better start studying the List.

You will be meeting the class of 2014. Online.

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