Kristen Howerton is a psychology professor at Vanguard University; a marriage and family therapist; the author of well-known blog, Rage Against the Minivan; and a social media aficionado. She contributes to several online publications and print magazines including the Huffington Post and OC Family.
Kristen was invited to speak at this year’s TEDx ChapmanU conference, an independently organized TED event, which occurred on Tuesday, June 4. At the conference, she spoke about the benefits and dangers of social media in today’s technology-centered world.
“We’ve found diversions for ourselves that become central, that can keep us from reaching our goals or connecting with other people,” she said about the costs of technology. “We value the distraction over relationships and it causes us to put our lives on hold… Our life is not in [our phone]; it’s out here. It’s not online.”