Contemplating the Smartphone Dis/Connect
Religious Studies News
Publication Year: 2019
Source ID: shanti-sources-83306
Collection: Contemplative Pedagogy in Higher Education
Abstract: Among many other enriching applications, contemplative pedagogy offers a unique opportunity to help students (and ourselves) become cognizant digital citizens, gaining insight into the subtle impacts, blind spots, and mistaken beliefs of our technology usage by directing our attention to them in a focused, well-structured learning environment. In this essay, I present the first of a series of “Smartphone Dis/Connect” exercises as a means to not only introduce contemplative pedagogy more generally, but also its specific application towards an especially poignant, stubborn, and potentially dangerous target. While a range of contemplative exercises are needed to focus on each impact, the symptom I wish to address here, and one in which a contemplative exercise proves immediately illuminating, is anxiety.