Nov 16, 2023
In the Tough Twenties series, I'm interviewing young adults, answering questions submitted by listeners, and sharing resources and tips related to thriving in young adulthood and beyond. Whether you're an adolescent or a young adult in your twenties, or you're parenting a young adult, I know you'll be encouraged by this series.
In this episode I'm chatting with my son, Owen, who has just entered into his twenties. We discuss building connections and relationships in young adulthood and how unplugging from technology can help foster those connections. Owen shares his experiences as a sophomore at San Diego State University.
Unplug to Connect: Owen suggests that taking breaks from technology and unplugging can be beneficial for establishing and nurturing connections. Unplugging also allows for reflection, goal-setting, and engaging in activities that can lead to shared experiences and stronger connections.
Focus on developing "weak ties" socially, as well (see Meg Jay quote below).
Develop some daily habits including activities like exercising and reading. For reading, you might consider some focused reading on a topic you want to learn more about. You can become an "expert" by reading five books written by five experts in the field.
Take advantage of brain plasticity and learn new skills you're interested in, like learning to play guitar in Owen's case.
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"As a result, brain regions that support
executive, social, and emotional functions appear to be
particularly malleable and responsive to the environment during
early adolescence, as plasticity occurs later in development."
Read more about brain plasticity during adolescence in Neuroscience News.
“Information and opportunity spread farther
and faster through weak ties than through close friends because
weak ties have fewer overlapping contacts. Weak ties are like
bridges you cannot see all the way across, so there is no telling
where they might lead.”
The Defining Decade, Meg Jay
Free Guy Movie – Mentioned when Sunshine couldn't come up with the appropriate acronym NPC (non-player character), or what some students seem to act like as they walk across campus with headphones on, heads down, and not interacting with other humans.