Internet and Technology Addiction in the News with Dr. David Greenfield












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NEW! On Point’s 7.13.15 NPR interview with Dr. David Greenfield!

C|NET: Enough, already! Why we all share the blame for notification overload

Dr. Dave gives expert testimony on HBO documentary

CBS News: Are drivers getting high from behind-the-wheel phone use?

Observer: Nearly Half of Surveyed Doctors Admitted They Can’t Stop Playing Mobile Games at Work

Men’s Journal: 10 Ways Technology Can Harm Your Health

The Street: 13 Things You Still Don’t Know About Texting

Huffington Post: Our Addiction To Cell Phones Is Costing Lives. Here’s How We Can Stop It

Yahoo! Health: You Probably Don’t Have a Long Enough Attention Span to Read This

The Blaze: Psychologist Warns of Major ‘Crisis’ Created by Excessive Porn and Video Games: ‘Boys’ Brains Are Becoming Digitally Rewired’

Film Fest Buzz: Thought Crimes

Escape Magazine: Nomophobia: Are You Obsessed With Your Phone?

UConn Magazine: Living Your BEST LIFE

New DigCit Summit Speaker Announcement: Dr. David Greenfield

HBO: Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop Is texting as bad as drunken driving?

Choices: Help! I Can’t Put Down My Phone

Panoply Media: I Want to Like You Ep. 6: Tech Addicts

The Economist: The Truly Personal Computer

The Daily Dot: Child-proofing the Internet

Market Watch: AT&T Brings State-Of-The-Art Simulator To Northern California In Effort To End Texting And Driving

Digitial Trends: Statistically, you’re only going to read 28 percent of this

Inquisitr: Free Porn Video Websites Linked To Brain Issues, Erectile Dysfunction In Science Studies

Addiction to Online Pornography

  • Dr. Greenfield Is Interviewed on NPR – The Diane Rehm Show

Are You Addicted To Your iPhone? – Orlando Sentinel

  • “People have lost the ability to sit in nothingness even for a moment,” Greenfield said. “The reason why boredom is so important is because that’s where creativity occurs or motivation or ideas … There are potentially huge neurological or psychological impacts we haven’t even begun to see yet.”

Dr. Greenfield on NPR – The Diane Rehm Show

Does life online give you ‘popcorn brain’? – CNN

  • Experts worry the stimulation of electronic multitasking could make people unfit for real life
  • The human brain is wired to crave the instant gratification of technology
  • Studies show multitasking on the Internet can make you forget how to read human emotions

Clinic helps those with worst Internet addictions – AsiaOne

  • Lee Jae-won, head of the nation’s first specialized Internet addiction clinic, has seen first hand the physical effects that Internet addiction has on the brain. “We can detect a lot of abnormalities in the prefrontal cortex…”

Sex addiction fueled by Internet

  • As many as 18 million people are considered sex addicts, with behaviors that have taken on new dimensions with the explosion of the Internet. Almost 60 percent of online sexual compulsive behavior results exclusively from Internet use…

Sex addicts find ready enabler in the Internet

  • Addiction to sex is much like other addictions, experts say. As many as 18 million people are sex addicts, according to estimates by the Mayo Clinic. While experts say the Internet isn’t creating sex addicts, it’s making the addiction more secretive…

Study: Internet Addiction is Declining Among Young People

  • According to a new study, the link between internet addiction and mental health problems for adolescents and young adults may not be as bad as initially believed…

‘Problematic Internet usage’ more common than asthma

  • Perhaps more surprisingly, the researchers found in the first study that out of the 224 college students who took the Internet Addiction Test, only 9 of them (4 percent) scored in the “occasional problem” or “addicted” range…

Maybe The Internet’s Not the Most Addictive and Depressing Thing Ever

  • Christakis had 224 college students at a pair of universities take the Internet Addiction Test, a gem of an exam that asks subjects to evaluate, among other things, just how much web surfing is getting in the way of doing chores and having sex…

Internet Addiction and Television Affect Sleep: Study

  • The study, led by Garrison, was on 600 children and included the Internet Addiction Test (IAT). Mr. Christakis related the problematic internet usage and the level of depression among the students…

Media usage leads to sleep problems in children

Are smartphones creating tech addicts?

  • “It’s crazy in our mind that we could become addicted to a device, but that’s what is happening,” says David Greenfield…

‘Internet Addiction’ on the Decline in College Students

  • A new pilot study investigates the risk of “Internet addiction” among adolescents and young adults — a population segment that has been shown to be at high risk for behavioral addictions…

Are you a netcase?

  • They don’t know it, but they suffer from a new clinical condition called Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD). The west is already grappling with it. Studies are being conducted to find out the extent of the problem and its effect on the brain…

Croatia´s young hi-tech addicts to get help in new camp

  • “If denied access to computer screens and mobile phones, these children go crazy,” Ramljak said in speaking about the young addicts. “Earlier these were high-schoolers, but today you have 10-year-olds amongst the internet addicts…”

Problematic Internet Usage in US College Students: A Pilot Study

  • Internet addiction among US college students remains a concern, but robust estimates of its prevalence are lacking…

Internet Addiction Causes Brain Changes

  • People who fit common criteria for Internet Addiction Disorder, or IAD, show changes in brain structure, according to a new study…

High Wired: Does Addictive Internet Use Restructure the Brain?

  • The work, published June 3 in PLoS ONE, suggests self-assessed Internet addiction, primarily through online multiplayer games, rewires structures deep in the brain. What’s more, surface-level brain matter appears to shrink in step with the duration…

Text Neck

  • Hours spent texting, working on laptops and playing video games with the neck flexed forward create a problem called Text Neck. The repetitive motion can alter a normal cervical spine, which has a reversed C curve. When that curve is lost or reversed, it puts undo pressure on the spine, irritating the muscles, nerves and joints…



In His Own Words

A story about Dr. David Greenfield and his work from People Magazine

Dr. David Greenfield is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on Internet and technology use, abuse and addiction. He has been featured in hundreds of publications and television interviews, including the following special from a February 2000 issue of People Magazine on Internet abuse and addiction.

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