Celling Your Soul
In one short decade, we have totally changed the way we interact with one another. The Millennials and the iGeneration, the first to be socialized in a digital world, are now feeling the unintended consequences. More and more are saying enough is enough. Research now shows a population with an exponential increase in stress, anxiety, depression, attention deficit, and obsessive-compulsive behavior, and who are the most technically advanced generation, yet most socially awkward.
Celling Your Soul: No App for Life is written for young adults by media and social science professor Joni Siani. It evaluates the paradox of our love/hate relationship with our digital devices, explains why we feel emotionally disconnected, and provides empowering strategies and simple changes for more fulfilling, balanced, and authentic human connectivity within the digital landscape.
An invaluable read for both parents and educators in order to understand how our digital media is shaping the social skills and mental health of the next generations. When it comes to fulfilling emotional “connections,” we are human. We come with all the apps we need.
Joni Siani, Media and Communications scholar, has been working as a social scientist, dynamic lecturer and higher education instructor throughout the Boston, Massachusetts area for more than 12 years. Siani began her relationship with the media as an international radio and television personality throughout the 80s and 90s in Miami, Great Britain, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Boston. She has covered the world of pop culture as a journalist and entertainment reporter interviewing rock, film, and television stars, along with newsmakers and political icons for more than 30 years.
The exponential shift in technology and the relational effects of our personal development, our interpersonal communication and our global society has been the focus of her current research within the exciting and growing field of Media Psychology. Siani explains, “Every decade has had the luxury of a slower adaptation to the technological advances introduced to our society. However, for those growing up in the digital age, human interaction changes instantly. With each new technological trend, kids and young adults are expected to know how to behave, yet each new trend lacks any guidelines and protocol. We are now seeing some unintended consequences. It’s time to address the issues with an honest evaluation.”
Siani has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Newbury College and an M.Ed in Psychology from Cambridge College in Massachusetts. Siani was born and raised in a musical/theatrical family in Staten Island, New York. She is a single mother raising a teenage son just outside of Boston. Celling Your Soul: No App For Life is Siani’s first book.