7 episodes

Join the discussion about how our devices affect our cognitive abilities, our professional performance, and our interpersonal relationships. We share insight with thinkers and industry figures as we develop solid strategies for using technology that make the most of its benefits and mitigate negative effects.

theunplugchallenge's podcast Mandana McCarty

    • Technology
    • 4.6, 13 Ratings

Join the discussion about how our devices affect our cognitive abilities, our professional performance, and our interpersonal relationships. We share insight with thinkers and industry figures as we develop solid strategies for using technology that make the most of its benefits and mitigate negative effects.

    1.7 An Honest Account of Emotional Impact

    1.7 An Honest Account of Emotional Impact

    With his 2012 article, "Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?" writer Stephen Marche helped to establish an early framework for interrogating the real impacts of digital connections. Our conversation with Dr. Marche examines how those early ideas have developed over the past seven years, how our digital and analog lives interact today, and where things might be headed.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    1.6 Parenting alongside Technology

    1.6 Parenting alongside Technology

    We spend some time discussing the impact our devices, device usage, and our digital lives have on how we see ourselves in the parental role. Join us as we share insight and understanding with NPR's lead education blogger Anya Kamenetz to explore the interplay between parenting and technology usage.

    • 46 min
    1.5 An Argument in Favor of Social Media

    1.5 An Argument in Favor of Social Media

    We sat down to speak with social media influencer and lifestyle blogger Mandy Ansari to discuss some of the positive effects of social media and new technology.

    • 56 min
    1.3 Changing Emotions in the Age of the Selfie

    1.3 Changing Emotions in the Age of the Selfie

    We share in a conversation with Weber University Professors Susan Matt and Luke Fernandez to discuss how our emotional states have changed in the face of technology, and how we are responding to those changes. The new book, Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid: Changing Feelings about Technology, from the Telegraph to Twitter was published earlier this year by Harvard University Press.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    1.2 Choosing amid Poison Apples

    1.2 Choosing amid Poison Apples

    During this second episode of The Unplug Challenge, we collaborate with a renowned philosopher of technology to discuss choices between engagement and disengagement, between focal life and mere consumption, and how to exercise real power over our lives through choosing wisely.

    • 50 min
    1.1 Technology, at What Cost?

    1.1 Technology, at What Cost?

    This first full episode of The Unplug Challenge podcast shares reflections about the impact our devices have on our lives, our minds, and our health. Mandana invites Joseph McCarty into a conversation about our changing cognitive abilities as they debate whether we are losing our ability to think deeply and critically when we need to.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Alexia_Brooks ,

Thought-provoking and refreshing!

This podcast is like a breath of fresh air. I love how Mandana asks questions about our dependence on social media from a place of genuine curiosity instead of from of a place of blame or judgment.

The first two episodes have really inspired me to look at my phone usage and also what my life would look like without my device glued to my hand.

And did I mention how freaking smart this woman is? I love listening to her insights and her discussions with Joseph. This podcast is one of my favorites to listen to on my morning commute. Can’t wait to hear more!

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