Tech Overuse & Addiction – “Books and Other Resources”

Tech Overuse & Addiction – Books and Other Resources


Mary Aiken, The Cyber Effect – A Pioneering Cyberpsychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online”

Adam Alter, “The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked” and “Irresistible”

Ryan Anderson, Ph.D., LMFT, MedFT, “Navigating the Cyberscape: Evaluating and Improving Our Relationship with Smartphones, Social Media, Video Games, and the Internet”

Hilda Burke,The Phone Addiction Workbook: How to Identify Smartphone Dependency, Stop Compulsive Behavior and Develop a Healthy Relationship with Your Devices

Nicholas Carr, “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” and “The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us”,, blog:

Mathew Crawford, “The World Beyond Your Head-On Becoming an Individual in the Age of Distraction”, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia,

Anastasia Dedyukhina, PhD, Homo Distractus: Fight for your choices and identity in the digital age”, Consciously Digital,

Victoria Dunckley, Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time”

Devora Heitner, “Screenwise – Helping Kids Thrive and Survive in Their Digital World”

Nicholas Kardaras, PhD, “Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids – and How to Break the Trance​​”, CEO, Omega Recovery and Maui Recovery; Starting Launch House in New York City Fall 2019.

Andrew Keen, internet entrepreneur, Senior Fellow, CALinnovates and CNN columnist; Author of “How to Fix The Future”, “Cult of the Amateur: How The Internet Is Killing Our Culture”, “Digital Vertigo: How Today’s Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing and Disorienting Us and “Internet is not the Answer”,

Jaron Lanier, Virtual reality expert and scholar at the interface between computer science and medicine, physics and neuroscience. Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now”, “Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality”, “Who Owns the Future?”

Daniel Levitin, Neuroscientist, Musician; “The Organized Mind -Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload”;

Professor David M. Levy, School of Information, University of Washington and scholar in the transition from paper and print to digital; “Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives”

Professor Cal Newport, Georgetown University, “Digital Minimalism – Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World” and “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World”

David Ryan Polgar, Esq., Pioneering Tech Ethicist and digital citizenship expert, co-host of “Funny as Tech” (podcast & live show), founder of “All Tech Is Human”, a collaborative, multi-disciplinary hub for more thoughtfulness around technology and the course, “Digital Citizenship for Adults.”

Catherine Price, “How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life”

Douglas Rushkoff, Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens; author of “Team Human”, “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus-How Growth Became the Enemy of ProsperityPresent Shock, “Program or Be Programmed–10 Commandments for a Digital Age”, “Screenagers: Lessons in Chaos from Digital Kids”

Professor Sherry Turkle, MIT, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, Founding Director, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self; “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.

Dana Boyd, PhD, “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”; Data and Society, research institute on the social implications of data-centric technologies and automation (Microsoft supported); 2019 Electronic Frontier Foundation Award,

Nir Eyal, “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life”; originally expert in persuasive product design.

BJ Fogg, PhD, “Tiny Habits – Small Changes That Change Everything”; Behavior Scientist and expert in Persuasive Design, Stanford University,

Professor Tim Wu, Columbia Law School, “The Attention Merchants – The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads”

Professor Shoshana Zuboff, Harvard Business School, “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power”

Manoush Zomorodi, “Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self”.


Select Articles:

Internet Addiction Affects 6% of the World’s Population,
Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?, New York Times, Matt Richtel
Record Numbers of College Students Are Seeking Treatment for Depression and Anxiety — But Schools Can’t Keep Up, Time Magazine
Mentions the American College Health Association survey of 63,000 students at 92 schools finding 40% of college students were so depressed in the prior year it was difficult to function and 61% “felt overwhelming anxiety” in the same time period.
Generation Z: Online and at Risk?, Scientific American, Nicholas Kardaras, PhD
Addicted to Screens?, The New York Times, October 6, 2019
‘Digital Addiction’ a Real Threat to Kids?,  The New York Times
10 Ways to Protect the Brain from Daily Screen Time, Psychology Today, Victoria Dunckley, MD
The Early Warning Signs of Screen Addiction, Omega Recovery
Tech Diets Catch on With Apple Executives, Facebook Billionaires and Googlers
Is Your Child Overstimulated from Too Much Screen Time?, Psychology Today, Victoria Dunckley, MD
It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies, New York Post, Nicholas Kardaras, PhD,
Cal Newport on Why We’ll Look Back at Our Smartphones Like Cigarettes, GQ
Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This, New York Times, The devices have become our constant companions. This was not the plan.
Gray Matters: Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain, Psychology Today, Victoria Dunckley, MD,
Screens In Schools Are a $60 Billion Hoax, Time, Time Magazine, by Nicholas Kardaras, PhD
Back-to-school: Time to set an electronic curfew, Screenagers
“Tech Talk Tuesdays” Blog with Screenagers filmmaker and primary care physician, Delaney Ruston, MD, 
Is Your Smart Phone Making You Dumb? Psychology Today, Ron Friedman, PhD
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?, The Atlantic
“Indistractable Review: Fixing Our Attention”, Wall Street Journal, Belinda Lanks
At Your Wits’ End With A Screen-Obsessed Kid? Read This, NPR
Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy, Psychology Today, Victoria Dunckley, MD
The Attention Diet
Now Some Families Are Hiring Coaches to Help Them Raise Phone-Free Children, The New York Times
Nicholas Carr’s dire warning: How technology is “making the world less interesting”, Salon


Select Audios & Videos:

AUDIO: NPR: 5 Strategies for Dealing with Screen-Obsessed Kids
VIDEO: “Rethinking the Internet: How We Lost Control and How to Take It Back”, May 3, 2019
VIDEO: U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology, Hearing on “Understanding the Use of Persuasive Technology on Internet Platforms”, June 25, 2019
VIDEO: The World Is Not the Screen, with Nicholas Carr
VIDEO: Victoria Dunckley, MD on “Electronic Screen Syndrome”
VIDEO: Victoria Dunckley, MD on “The Overstimulated Child”
VIDEO: The late Stanford University Professor Clifford Nass, PhD on multi-tasking risks, renowned expert on computer-human interaction
VIDEO: “Tech Overuse and Addiction—What Can You Do?”, NYC Manhattan Neighbors for Safer Telecommunications program, Fall 2018
VIDEO: Joe Loizzo, MD, Weil Cornell Medical College & Columbia University Center for Buddhist Studies, on tech addiction: “Diseases of Distraction and Opportunities for Healing”.
VIDEO: Angeles Arrien, PhD, Interview with cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien, PhD by Camilla Rees, MBA of Manhattan Neighbors for Safer Telecommunications.
MOVIE: “WEB JUNKIE” China was the first country in the world to classify internet addiction as a clinical disorder and like some other Asian countries has hundreds of digital detox programs. WEB JUNKIE is focused on Internet Addiction, highlighting treatments used in Chinese Rehab Centers, including military-inspired physical training.
VIDEO: “Doubling Down: Preserving Our Humanity in the Digital Age”, Boston Museum of Science on March 26, 2019, with Jaron Lanier, Sue Halpern and Marcelo Gleiser
VIDEO: “Screen Addiction and Harm Occurring to Developing Children”, Nicholas Kardaras, PhD,
VIDEO: “What You Need to Know About Internet Addiction” Dr. Kimberly Young, PsyD, Professor, St. Bonaventure University; Director, Center for Internet Addiction Recovery,
AUDIO: CNET Book Club: Jaron Lanier on the future of VR and why we should all quit social media


Other Resources

National Institute of Digital Health ( New non-profit (501-c-3) that provides education, prevention and treatment resources for schools, families and therapists.  Founded by Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, PhD.

Tristan Harris, Center for Humane Technology. Focused on reversing human downgrading and realigning technology with humanity.

Screenagers Professional Development in Schools.  The “Screenagers” movie team is now offering a 6-hour, 3-part training module for professional development in schools. Contact Screenagers:

Paramount Wellness Institute, Health psychologist Brian Luke Seaward. Stress management expert, best-selling author, award winning documentary producer on Nature, corporate wellness consultant and stress management educator for Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. military, elite athletes, television personalities and actors, as well as educator on screen addiction and the human spirit, digital detox and mindfulness.

Consciously Digital Consultancy (U.K.) with Anastasia Dedyukhina, PhD, author of “Homo Distractus”, helping people and organizations have healthier relationship with technology.

Manhattan Neighbors for Safer Telecommunications. Education on the physical and mental health effects of modern technologies, including risks from cell phones, Wi-Fi, wireless computer equipment and technologies, excessive screen time, too early technology use, antennas in neighborhoods, etc., as well as on how to minimize tech risks in homes, offices and schools. 

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age – Resources. Offer a range of valuable resources on subject ranging from internet addiction to school cell phone policies, screen time contracts, bullying, sleep and screens, etc.

Building Biology Institute. Trains the general public and working professionals (architects, builders, engineers, interior designers, physicians, nurses, and other health care practitioners, real estate professionals, environmental consultants, etc.) on how to create healthy homes, schools and workplaces free of indoor air and tap water pollution and hazards posed by computers, and other electronic equipment, if not hard-wired. Referral list.

Common Sense Media. A leading advisor on media and technology focused on families and schools. Research impact of media and tech use on children’s physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development. Also, have focus on children’s privacy and digital citizenry. Advise on movies and tv.


Recovery Programs

Launch House Wellness Center, New York City (Fall 2019). Full mental health services specifically tailored for young adults age 17 and over, including the attendant screen addiction issues and “failure to launch” in young adults facing families today. 

Omega Recovery (Austin, TX) and Maui Recovery (Maui, Hawaii)

Multi-issue residential and outpatient addiction and recovery programs including intensive Technology Addiction and Nature immersion tracks for Internet, social media, video game and smart phones addiction. Co-founded by Nicholas Kardaras, PhD and former Google executive, David Naylor.;

reStart Internet Addiction Recovery Program, Bellevue, WA, Inpatient, 45 – 90-day outpatient and nationwide coaching re. internet addiction, video game addiction, gambling, virtual reality, augmented reality, screen time and social media use, and general tech addiction.

Unplugged: Electronics Addiction Treatment, Outback Therapeutic Expeditions, Lehi, UT. Video games therapy, internet addiction therapy and electronic additions treatment for teens 13-17 through a wilderness therapy model.

Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, David Greenfield, PhD, West Hartford, CT,

Digital Media Treatment and Education Center, Tracy Markle, MA, LPC, Boulder, CO;

Dynamic Neural Retraining SystemTM , Annie Hopper, Retreat-based, or home-based, natural, drug- free, neuroplasticity-based healing program improving brain function for conditions related to a chronic stress response and limbic system dysfunction.

Digital Wellness Coaching Resources

Project Be, NYC, Anya Pechko,

Consciously Digital, U.K., Anastasia Dedyukhina, PhD, training consciously digital coaches,

Digital Wellness Collective, Los Angeles. International virtual collaboration of 85 digital wellness organizations across the globe sharing information and strategies for using and designing technology more thoughtfully.

Parenting Coaching Institute, Bellingham, WA, Gloria DeGaetano,


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