The New Media and Religious Life

The New Media and Religious Life

Screen Addiction: Why You Can’t Put That Phone Down

by Sister Marysia Weber, RSM

Have you ever had an irresistible urge to check your texts, social media posts or email updates when your cell phone rings, beeps or buzzes? Is the amount of time spent on your cell phone increasing? Do you text, access social media or open your email account while driving? Do you find yourself mindlessly checking your cell phone many times a day even when you know there is likely nothing new or important to see?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is for you! This study by Sister Marysia Weber, R.S.M., sheds necessary light on the reasons for our behavior in a screen-addicted world and provides methods for rehabilitating ourselves toward a more proper use of our technologies.

Paperback: $14.95 | Kindle: $9.99 (ISBN-13: 978-1-950108-08-4)

TESTIMONIALS

“Some of us used to be day-dreamers, which was quite harmless unless we lost contact with reality. Nowadays most of us have become day-YouTubers – also quite harmless until you lose contact with people around you. It can become a serious addiction, a screen-addiction. That’s what Sister Marysia Weber writes about in this terrific book. Being a certified psychiatrist, she knows what she is talking about. Not only is the book extremely informative, but also very practical by giving us powerful tools to help ourselves, our kids, our teenagers, and our young adults. It’s a goldmine.” – Dr. Gerard M. Verschuuren, Human Geneticist
“Sister Marysia Weber, R.S.M., has produced in her book Screen Addiction: Why You Can’t Put That Phone Down a useful explanation for why we’re increasingly engaging our social media devices and practical solutions for how to end our addictive behavior for our personal health and social well-being.” – Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, founder of the Catholic Distance Learning Network

INTERVIEWS

Relevant Radio – The Drew Mariani Show: intro & discussion with Sister begins at 42:25, ends 53:31: https://relevantradio.com/2019/10/uncommitted-sex/

Council of Major Superior of Women Religious presents…

The New Media and Religious Life: How an Awareness of the Benefits and Risks of Electronic Media Assists and Hinders the Consecrated Religious in Communicating the Love of Jesus Christ

featuring
Sister Marysia Weber, RSM, D.O., and Sister Mary Prudence Allen, RSM, Ph.D.

WCAT TV Presents . . . Introduction to The New Media and Religious Life

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session I, Part A

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session I, Part B

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session II, Part A

WCAT TV presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session II, Part B

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session III, Part A

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session III, Part B

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session IV, Part A

WCAT TV presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session IV, Part B

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Introduction to the Second Half

WCAT TV presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session V, Part A

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session V, Part B

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VI, Part A

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VI, Part B

WCAT TV presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VII, Part A

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VII, Part B

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VIII, Part A

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Session VIII, Part B

WCAT TV Presents . . . The New Media and Religious Life, Conclusion

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sister Marysia is a Religious Sister of Mercy of Alma, MI who is a physician, board certified in psychiatry with a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry, who trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  She also holds a Master’s degree in Theology from Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.  She practiced psychiatry at her religious institute’s multidisciplinary medical clinic, Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center in Alma, MI from 1988-2014. She became the Director of the Office of Consecrated Life for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis in 2014. She is a facilitator for Rachel’s Vineyard, is chair of the board of directors of MyCatholicDoctor, an executive board member of the Saint Louis Guild Catholic Medical Association and the Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology. She also serves as Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Sister Marysia offers workshops on a variety of topics including human attachment, boundaries and character development, depression and anxiety, dialogue and conflict resolution, as well as on social media and its effects on the brain for clergy, seminarians, women’s and men’s religious communities, parents, teachers and students. She is a formator within her own religious community. She presents on Internet pornography addiction—a Catholic approach to treatment to bishops, clergy, seminarians, religious communities, and laity throughout the United States and Europe She presented to the U.S. Bishops in Dallas TX in 1992 on “Pedophilia and Other Addictions”.  She was a member of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse in 1994-1995.  Sister Marysia has presented to the Curia, Vatican City State on “Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy in North America” in 2002.  She has served as a psychological expert consultant for the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, USCCB.

Sister Marysia’s publications include “Medical Aspects of Addiction”;  “The Roman Catholic Church and the Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests and Religious in the United States and Canada: What Have We Learned? Where Are We Going?”; “Pornography, Electronic Media and Priestly Formation”;  Her publications in Seminary Journal include: “Significant Markers of Human Maturation Applied to the Selection and Formation of Seminarians”; “The Discernment of a Priestly Vocation and the Expertise of Psychiatry and Psychology”; and “Internet Pornography and Priestly Formation: Medium and Content Collide With the Human Brain”.  She has published two books: The Art of Accompaniment: Practical Steps for the Seminary Formator  (https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/artofaccompaniment/) and Screen Addiction: Why You Can’t Put that Phone Down  (https://enroutebooksandmedia.com/screenaddiction/).  Her chapter “Guideposts for the Seminary Formator in Understanding and Assessing Levels of Preoccupation with Use of Internet Pornography and a Formative Process for Moving from Vice to Virtue” in Spiritual Husband-Spiritual Fathers: Priestly Formation for the 21st Century is pending publication.

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