310, 2013

Mindfulness In A Mechanized Age

By |October 3rd, 2013|Dr. Dave's Blog|2 Comments

Mindfulness In A Mechanized Age

Mindfulness teaches the ability to stay present in the moment and to practice the skill of experiencing living in the here and now. Although not an easy task, there are well documented medical and psychological benefits from practicing mindfulness. The use and over-use of digital technology, like a Smartphone, is the antithesis of being mindfully present.  When you are online or on the device  you are not really present to yourself, your environment, or others’ around you.

You are shifting time and space and when you are on your Smartphone texting, emailing, tweeting, or surfing—the implied message to the world around you and your you own nervous system is that it is NOT ok where you are in the moment and that you’d rather be somewhere else.

Instead of always looking for immediate and accessible digital distraction and if you want to be present in your real-time life, you’d be pausing and experiencing what was actually around you and not on a screen. The net effect of screen-living is that we end up missing out on our lives because we […]

2709, 2013

Growing Up ‘GTA’

By |September 27th, 2013|Dr. Dave's Blog|Comments Off on Growing Up ‘GTA’

There’s been three decades of violent video games and as Grand Theft Auto, the reigning king of all of them, releases its fifth installment, we have to wonder, how have these games actually affected this generation?

1709, 2013

Should internet addiction be officially recognized?

By |September 17th, 2013|Dr. Dave's Blog|Comments Off on Should internet addiction be officially recognized?

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North America’s very first internet addiction rehab program opened in Pennsylvania earlier this month — and the program’s founder says there’s no shortage of users seeking help.

While some hail the program as a trailblazing service, others argue that the still-controversial diagnosis doesn’t belong in the same category as alcoholism and drug addiction.

To debate the division, we’ve convened a Q debate. Joining us today are:

  • David Greenfield: a pioneer in the field of Internet addiction. He’s the founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
  • Allen Frances: is a former chairman of the task force for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which sets the standard for the psychiatric profession. He’s the author most recently of Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life.

Do you see yourself as an internet addict, or know someone who might be? Or are you skeptical about the diagnosis, and/or concerned that everyday life is being pathologized?

(originally posted on CBCradio)

2308, 2013

The Paradox of Change and Personal Growth

By |August 23rd, 2013|Dr. Dave's Blog, Personal Growth|Comments Off on The Paradox of Change and Personal Growth

What allows us to change something in our lives? How do we change some aspect of ourselves that we don’t like, such as a habit, physical quality, or life circumstance? The first step may seem counter intuitive. Our initial tendency when we don’t like something about ourselves is to either avoid thinking about it or to actively criticize ourselves for what we are doing or not doing–almost as a means of forcing the negative feeling out of ourselves. Therein lays our error in thinking. Most things we don’t like about ourselves have to do with the refusal to accept and love ourselves, just as we are because we feel we cannot accept/love ourselves as long as we have or do this thing we hate. In other words, our self-love and acceptance is contingent upon an inner ideal of perfection. Whether it is a physical attribute or a personality characteristic, our refusal to love and accept ourselves seem linked to  the idea that; “if I  have what I want or look the way I want, then and only then I could feel ok”. The problem with this way of thinking is that it is not the way the heart and mind […]

1508, 2013

Take the “Plug Back Into Life Challenge!”

By |August 15th, 2013|Dr. Dave's Blog, Internet Addiction, Unplug|Comments Off on Take the “Plug Back Into Life Challenge!”

The Plug Back into Life sm Challenge!

How to Go Low-Tech Some of the Time

 Try any of these ideas to reduce your digital tech use just a small amount and see how it feels!

 By Dr. David Greenfield


  1. Leave your Smartphone in the car when you go into a restaurant to eat.
  2. Turn your cell/Smartphone OFF (not vibrate) for at least 1-hour a day—yes…1 whole hour of being disconnected!
  3. Try setting a 1-hour limit whenever you go into your Computer, Laptop or Tablet and then TURN IT OFF (assuming you are not using for work/school.
  4. Try to have one real-timesm face to face conversation with someone without cell, text, email, or social media, e.g. meet for coffee, a walk, or a meal—do some real-timesm activity when you have the urge to go online or play with your Smartphone.
  5. Create a rule where your Cell/Smartphone cannot be at the dinner table in your home; get the phone off the table!
  6. When in a checkout line, waiting room, or waiting somewhere try to have real a conversation with a person, read a book, of just sit and experience “no activity or distraction”–don’t just mindlessly play with your Smartphone all the time.
  7. Limit yourself to […]
1308, 2013

Do You Experience FOMO? (Fear of Missing Out)

By |August 13th, 2013|Dr. Dave's Blog, FOMO, Internet Addiction, Personal, Stress, Unplug, V-A|Comments Off on Do You Experience FOMO? (Fear of Missing Out)

FOMO-Fear of Missing Out

By Dr. David Greenfield, The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction


The fear of missing out (FOMO) as it implies is that we are so connected or “plugged in” to our digital devices that we actually experience fear or anxiety when we lose that electronic tether to the our Internet world. Whether that connection occurs via our smartphone, Ipad, laptop, or some other Internet–enabled digital device the result is essentially the same. We experience a withdrawal-like feeling when we either loose access or are afraid we might lose access. The whole premise of FOMO is that there is something going on in cyberspace that is better than what we are doing right now.  We might feel we will miss something important, or that we might see, via face book, twitter, or other social media, that people are living a better, more exciting life than we are living and we are somehow “missing out”.

We can be actively engaged in our daily life and enjoying ourselves but still feel an almost compulsive need to check our Smartphone, email, texts, tweets, or face book to see if there is something we […]