CoH Episode 68: Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist, Wes Jones

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“Simply put, humans are not wired to be constantly wired." Cal Newport, Digital
Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
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This week JT is joined in studio by his friend and Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Therapist at the Counseling Associates of Delaware, Wes Jones.
Wes has 20+ years of experience as an LCSW working with youth and young adults. Wes joins JT to discuss the 30 day “digital diet” they have organized with the help of SL24: Unlock the Light Foundation. This event takes place at Sean’s House (see below for more information about Sean’s House). All participants are either current students or recent graduates of the University of Delaware.

What is a digital diet, you ask? It’s a 30-day experience designed to explore the connection between the types of digital content we consume, the frequency we consume it, and how its addictiveness can impact our ability to cultivate a fuller life experience. They've designed this “digital diet” to take inventory of the participants' affiliation with digital media and remove them from it for some time. By doing this, they can have an honest understanding and assessment of its impact on their lives.

How it works:

First, the participants take inventory of what digital content is deemed necessary and required for work/school and personal safety. If it didn’t fall into one of these categories, then it was categorized as unnecessary, and it was made part of your “digital diet.” This also included gaming systems and video streaming services when applicable.

The goal of the diet is to advocate for the intentional use of digital media and the awareness of when the participants have drifted into the realm of non-useful consumption and brain candy scrolling that lacks nourishment substance and only acts to stimulate the user.

Sean’s House

Sean’s House is a free resource for young adults ages 14-24. It is a space designed to help members of our community improve their health and wellbeing and connect with their peers in a safe and confidential environment. Support is available 24/7 for young adults to talk about mental health or substance use challenges with other young adult Peer Specialists who have lived experience with similar challenges. These services aim to improve wellness, empower members of the community, and connect young adults to resources and communities of support that meet their specific needs. See here for more information or to help support Sean’s House.

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