Casual Fridays February 10th, 2017

Feb 10, 2017

With the 2016 presidential election, we discovered something surprising - the digital age and social media expression is leading us to form political impressions based on snippets of information from multiple sources at multiple times a day.

Or so says Suzana Flores, a Chicago-based clinical psychologist who has clients in Northwest Indiana and authored the 2014 book, “Facehooked: How Facebook Affects Our Emotions, Relationships, and Lives.” Because of this new, disturbing social media trend in the Divided States of America, it’s causing us to become cognitively programmed to function out of “schemes,” Flores says - mental categories we create to make sense out of new data. The downside is leading to anxiety, fear and paranoia. We will chat with Flores in just a minute.

We also want to welcome back in our humble studio the Most Rev. Bishop Donald Hying who has blessed us again with his presence at Lakeshore Public Radio. The bishop will join us with his views and insights on our topics today, and also to expand on the ongoing efforts of the Diocese of Gary to conduct its first-ever synod to address numerous issues facing the Catholic Church.

Later in the show, we’ll talk with Adam O’Brien of Highland and Steven Schulz of Portage, who are not your typical pinball wizards after getting addicted to flipping in their 30s, not their childhood.

That may be true but they'll be heading to the flippin' state championship this Saturday to compete for a chance to get to the national tournament next month. Jerry’s Friday column touches on how they bounced into this position, and tips for newcomers.

Plus, the National Retail Federation says the typical sweetheart will spend $137 on Valentine's Day, which is, ahem, Tuesday. I say bull. That much, really?