New movement looks to reduce exposure to our phones, apps and social media

Kim Glovas
May 19, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new term is floating in the ether, promoting a reduction in technology in our lives. It's called "digital minimalism."

The theory is that less technology leads to more happiness, and reducing the number of apps on our phones will help.

Dustin Kidd is an associate professor of sociology at Temple University.

He says there are two sides to this. One is that apps on phones can be helpful and beneficial.

But on the other hand, he says, "Social media, like popular culture more broadly, always promises something that it can't deliver like fulfillment and happiness. We don't find that through technology or media. We find that through our interpersonal connections, through the ways that we connect with our families and our communities."

Ilia Delio, the Josephine C. Connelly endowed chair in theology at Villanova University, has a different take.

"Technology actually emerged to try to help us transcend the boundaries that divide us,” she said. “Because that's what technology does. It unites us actually."

She says technology is like nature, always evolving, and that it should be used to find fulfillment in ourselves and not just cyber-connection with others.