VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
Exploring the Role of Time Alone in Modern Culture
William Z. Nance and Melinda Mays
This article is a discussion of a qualitative study in which seven undergraduate college students were interviewed regarding their impressions about the role of solitude in their lives and society’s view of the same concept. Those interviewed expressed value in solitude, but also strongly suggested an imbalance of solitude versus socialization has detrimental effects. The role of social media was cited often, even though not a topic of the interview questions. Responses reflected changes in the conceptualization of solitude in current society. These changes have potential to impact the delivery of mental health services.