Electronic Etiquette in the Digital Age

By Dr David Greenfield

A New Normal

Americans have not as of yet decided how to deal with the incursion of portable digital technologies into our everyday public life. We are only now just beginning to address the intrusion these devices can and do create in our public places and spaces, and we are only now starting to develop new social norms on how and when we use them.

How to be Present and Simultaneously Absent

The problem with all these portable technologies (mainly Smartphones) is that the freedom they afford us in unfettered access creates a public statement that: “Where I am and what I am doing now is not where I actually am or want to be”. In short, all these technologies in effect shift time and space. A rather disconcerting feeling is communicated indirectly when we are in a public space yet seem to be connected […]

By |July 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Electronic Etiquette in the Digital Age

2014 Workshop in Singapore Virtual Addiction: Gaming and Internet Addictions

February, 2014, Singapore

singapore photoDr. Greenfield recently gave a 3-Day training to doctors and staff therapists on Virtual Addiction: Internet, Cybersex, and Gaming Addictions at the National Addictions Management Service (NAMS), National Hospital, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore.

 

 

Here is an outline of the workshop’s agenda:

  • Dr. Greenfield’s Professional Background and The History and Development of the Emerging Field of Internet and Digital Media Use, Abuse, and Addiction.
  • What makes Internet, Digital Media, and Gaming Technologies so Addictive? (Part I)
  • What makes Internet, Digital Media, and Gaming Technologies so Addictive? (Part II)
  • When does Internet and Digital Media Use and Abuse become an Addiction?
  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Internet, Digital Media, Gaming, and Smartphone Use
  • Differential diagnosis and psychiatric co-morbidity
  • Signs and symptoms of Internet and Digital Media Addictions: Normal versus Pathological Use
  • Brief review of Psychiatric, Addictionology, and Neurobiological research on Internet, Gaming, and Digital Media Addiction
  • Treatment Issues, Techniques, and Strategies – Part I
  • Treatment Issues, Techniques, and Strategies – Part II
  • Treatment Techniques and Strategies: Educational and Therapeutic issues with Parents and Families
  • Monitoring, Blocking and Filtering Issues: Setting limits, Boundaries, and Consequences
By |April 29th, 2014|Internet Addiction, Seminars, Uncategorized, workshop|Comments Off on 2014 Workshop in Singapore Virtual Addiction: Gaming and Internet Addictions

Our new Smartphone Abuse Test is now online.

iphone + handIn response to numerous requests from our readers, we just created a new online quiz that can help you determine if you are overusing or abusing your smartphone.  Although these devices are wonderful tools for communications, productivity, and fun, their overuse may create an unhealthy imbalance in your life.

This short quiz takes less than five minutes to complete and can help you determine if you need to change your smartphone usage patterns:

Smartphone Abuse Test

By |April 24th, 2014|Smartphone, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our new Smartphone Abuse Test is now online.

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

BrainCircuitsInterested in some of the newest studies in neuropsychology and physiology covering how technology is changing our brains? Here’s an informative synopsis of some recent finding by the folks at the online news site Mashable. Topics covered include the impact of television on dreaming, fear of missing out (FOMO), insomnia, visual skill improvements, and impulse control.

Read the full story here:

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

By |March 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|2 Comments

New Research and Information about Internet Use, Abuse, and Addiction

http://mashable.com/2014/03/14/tech-brains-neuroplasticity/?utm_cid=mash-pro

By |March 17th, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Technology and Internet: The world’s largest slot machine

tech addictionThe American Psychiatric Association is in the midst of a major debate on whether Internet Addiction should be classified and treated as a recognized disorder like depression and anxiety. In the case of video game use, I equate the positive feeling associated with gaming as a dopamine surge that follows the variable reinforcement schedule found in digital games.

Here’s the full article from the online news site Multibriefs giving you further background into the problem as well as some suggested ways to avoid this pitfall. During my interview for the story, I point out that the physiology behind these games affects the player much like a slot machine.

The full article is available here:

Technology and Internet: The world’s largest slot machine

By |March 13th, 2014|Internet Addiction, Uncategorized, Unplug, Video Gaming|1 Comment