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Dr. Greenfield offers engaging and informative talks to parents’ groups, schools, colleges, universities and corporations on a wide range of issues related to use, abuse or addiction to Internet and other digital technology. Some common topics (not exhaustive) include:

  • How to increase business, and workplace productivity by managing technology use more effectively: sometimes less is more
  • How to manage and improve educational and academic productivity by managing Internet and digital media use and abuse at home and in school
  • How technology causes excessive stress and decreases productivity
  • Understanding Social Media and Texting use in Kids, Tweens and Teens
  • Why Sex and the Internet Are So Interconnected
  • Video/Computer Games: What’s the Attraction and Why Are They Addictive?
  • Legal and Safety Issues With the Internet
  • Managing Digital Distraction in a Complex World: learning a more balanced and conscious use of digital technology and smartphones
  • Teaching Teens Sane use of Technology
  • The Myth of Multitasking: How you really can’t do more than one thing at a time!
  • Electronic Etiquette: How to use digital technology without it running your life

Practical Use of Digital Technology to Enhance Productivity in the Workplace

There is no such thing as multitasking. When we try to perform several tasks simultaneously we simply decrease the amount of attention we can give to each of them, extending the amount of time it takes to accomplish any one task completely. Additionally, the more tasks we try to manage simultaneously, the more stress we experience, which inhibits our ability to function optimally. And the need to constantly be “on” and available by phone, email, Twitter and the Internet creates greater degrees of distractibility, poorer concentration and reduced work output. The stress that comes with receiving too much or too frequent input overwhelms your autonomic nervous system and depletes your ability to manage stress effectively and deal with normal work-day challenges. We need time “off-line” to re-charge our nervous system.

In order to be a little less accessible the corporate environment will need to evolve. Organizations need to support employees and allow for personal down time where employees are not expected to instantly respond and remain hyper- vigilant. This time off-line and away from stresses is necessary for your brain and nervous system to regenerate, or refresh, the psychological and intellectual mechanisms that allow you to function at peak performance.

The Internet, computers and smartphones have all promised greater effectiveness and efficiency, but the reality is that they have failed to deliver as promised. These tools are often necessary for our work, but our over-reliance on technology has created an illusion that keeps us from seeing just how much time is truly wasted. Efficiency is frequently lost to non-work related Internet use, technical down times and tech/stress burnout from employees having to constantly be accessible.

Parenting Promo Lecture Excerpt

It cannot be argued that there are significant impacts from the Internet, SmartPhone, and other Digital Media Devices in our daily world: social issues, multitasking, performance problems, neurological processing changes, legal concerns, sexual sensitivities, and a myriad of other concerns all color how and why we use and abuse these technologies. Our children have become the dominant “knowledge keepers” for these new technologies, and for the first time in history have surpassed previous generations of knowledge and it is this generational reversal which continues to have implications in parenting and managing our children’s use of these brave new world of technology. We will informally discuss some the most common concerns and issue associated with Internet and Smartphone use and abuse and why these technologies are just so addictive.


Dr. David Greenfield as one of the world’s leading authorities on Internet and Cyber Psychology, including its use and abuse, and is the author of Virtual Addiction. Dr. Dave has has lectured throughout the world on the impact of Digital Media on our lives. He has appeared on CNN, ABC News, CBS Early Show, Fox News, NBC News, Good Morning America, the Today Show and in People Magazine.

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Keynote address at the National Association of Social Workers, South Dakota Conference, Sioux Fall, South Dakota.
  • New York Highway Safety Annual Fall Symposium, Binghamton, New York.
  • Georgia Tri-Country U.S. Probation Conference, Pine Mountain, Georgia.
  • Neuroscience Session at 3rd Annual Virginia Distracted Driving Summit, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Georgia Tri-Country U.S. Probation Conference, Pine Mountain, Georgia.
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Society of Greater Washington Spring Symposium, Addictions and the Adolescent Brain, Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Full day CME training for The Brattleboro Retreat and Hospital, Brattleboro, Vermont.
  • Digital Citizenship Summit, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, Connecticut.