Facebook Now Screwing Up Your Therapy Sessions, Too

maybe i'll wear this to my next appointmentThis LA Times piece on the ways that social networking and Google trails have fuzzied up the doctor-patient relationship (what with the Internet’s tendencies toward dredging up issues of confidentiality, trust, boundaries, etc.) had the likely unintended effect of wanting to hit up Google and see what sort of breadcrumbs my shrink has left online over the years — although I do think that adding her on Facebook, which is apparently something that people do (??), would be something of a bridge too far. (Not that the semantics of the word “friend” haven’t been ruined by years of social-shopping sites and the social rituals of high school, but I think that we should probably wait to be exposed to each others’ minute-by-minute status updates until the point in time where our hang sessions don’t end with me giving her a copay. You know?)