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Robert Weiss: Robert Weiss, MSW, LCSW, CSAT, is founding Director of The Sexual Recovery Institute (SRI), Los Angeles and Director of Sexual Disorders Services for Elements Behavioral Health, which includes The Ranch in Nunnelly, TN, Promises Treatment Centers, and The Sexual Recovery Institute. A UCLA MSW graduate and trainee of Dr. Patrick Carnes, Mr. Weiss is author of Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men (2005) contributing author of Mending A Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts (2011) and co-author (with Dr. Jennifer Schneider) of both Untangling the Web: Sex, Porn and Fantasy Addiction in the Internet Age (2006) and Cybersex Exposed: Simple Fantasy to Obsession (2001) along with numerous peer reviewed articles and chapters. He is a media expert to CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, ESPN, Dr. Drew and The Today Show among many others. Mr. Weiss also has provided clinical training in the assessment and treatment of sexual addiction for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the US military, and behavioral treatment centers throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is a frequent speaker at large national and international addiction conferences. He writes a regular blog on www.robertweissmsw.com, and has nearly 4,000 followers on Twitter.
Jennifer P. Schneider: Jennifer P. Schneider, M.D., Ph.D., is a physician certified in Internal Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Pain Management. She is the author of 9 books and numerous articles in professional journals. She is a compassionate professional committed to educating others in her fields of specialty. She is a nationally recognized expert in two addiction-related fields: addictive sexual disorders and the management of chronic pain with opioids.
Aside from her own practice, her professional activities include writing; lecturing at conferences; serving as an expert witness in legal settings; and appearing as a media guest on television and radio. She is the author of Back from Betrayal (2004), and Sex, Lies, and Forgiveness (2001) and co-author of Cybersex Exposed (2001), Disclosing Secrets (2002), The Wounded Healer (1997), and Surviving Disclosure (2012).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Gentle Path Press (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985063335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985063337
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book really provided an aha moment for me. I picked up this book because I wanted to validate my concern that this younger generation was going to hell in a hand basket. As I read through the book I discovered something different altogether. In order to keep in touch with the younger generation I am the one that needs to keep up with technology. While that wasn't the answer I was seeking initially, I am now forming relationships with my nieces and nephews that I would have never thought possible. Despite the physical distance between us, we are having conversations I never thought possible. Grateful for the author's insight!
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Rob Weiss and Jennifer Schneider really know their stuff when it comes to today's technology and how it is impacting our lives and relationships. An excellent exploration of how we got where we are and the challenges we face today. While they paint a realistic picture of today's technological and relational challenges, they provide hope and guidance for finding your way. Appropriate for anyone interested in this topic or as an introduction for clinicians helping their clients navigate life in today's technological world.
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In Closer Together, Further Apart, coauthors Weiss and Schneider bring to the readership an impressive historical accounting of where technology has been, where it is and where it is likely heading. Their exploration neither condones nor castigates technology and the internet in order to beat their generational drums; they leave that hyperbole for others. What the authors have pulled off is a sound and well researched exploration on technology and the internet's impressive, albeit quick influence on relationships from technology of old, to new, toward the imminent. For those who mourn the days of old and those who can't find the future fast enough Closer Together, Further Apart, is a must read. Parents, professionals and young adults alike will find their interests well represented and likely praise Weiss and Schneider for having done so.
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Closer Together, Further Apart is about the way that the new technology is changing the ways we relate to each other and the world. Weiss and Schneider have written a book that is very informative, very interesting, and most enjoyable to read. The authors did their homework. It is thoroughly researched and up to date, providing both published research reports as well as anecdotes from newspaper and magazine articles and personal experiences of their own and other people. The contents range from the effects of technology on world events to effects on the activities of two year olds. One of the book’s main themes is very thought provoking: that the way we perceive and judge the changes that the new technology (especially smart phones and pads) has brought about depends in large part on our age, i.e. whether these devices have always been a part of our lives or whether these changes have occurred after we were adults. This book will help you step back and see the impact of the new technology on your life and relationships to others; and it will help you to close the generation gaps or make them work for you. This book is very definitely worth reading, for parents and in fact for everyone.
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I am neither a digital immigrant nor a digital native. I wrote letters on paper as a college student; email was awkward and unreliable when I was beginning my professional life. it has been a wild ride surfing the wave of new communication technologies, alternating between frustration with the difficulties and pleasure from the new opportunities. Among the joys have been experiencing the learning process of intelligent people of my parents' generation - definitely digital immigrants but enthusiastically pursuing the latest developments. Among the struggles have been my own trying to keep up with my children!

In reading "Closer Together, Further Apart" I find my experience mirrored in a well-written engaging little book. The author's joint voice is clear; I feel as if I am having an intelligent conversation with people who know more than I do but do not condescend to the reader. I look forward to picking it up, and when I have to put it down I feel that my time with it has been well spent.
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​Authors Weiss and Schneider offer a state of the electronic frontier as of early 2014. They trace the development of the internet and its impact on communications and the social fabric. They explain the generational divide between digital immigrants (generally those born before 1980) and those born after. The book is probably most useful to immigrants who could use a roadmap. Natives, after all, are living the digital life! And the landscape is shifting minute by minute. The book offers resources which would be particularly helpful for digital navigators who may have run aground, perhaps on the shoals of problem online sexual behavior or compulsive gambling. It's a good start for a digital immigrant who would like to understand how things are changing and perhaps start a dialogue with someone on the other side of the divide.
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This book is an excellent analysis of the advantages, dangers, opportunities, challenges, and rewards of the ever increasing digital age of communication which, whether we like it or not, is here, expanding rapidly, and is not going to go away. This phenomenon may be irritating, frustrating, rude, intrusive, or it can be rewarding, fun, satisfying, convenient, and time saving. Much of this depends on ones age,technical capabilities,and/or attitude. Reading this book is a great way to understand the positive and negative aspects of major changes in both personal communications and behavior.
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