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Digital Distraction: Living in the Screen Age with Dr. David Greenfield
Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
This is the first time in history where we have had several generations raised on digital screen technologies and the Internet. The average youth in America spends approximately 6-7 hours a day on screens—not including work or school. About 80+ percent of our screen time is for entertainment, distraction or simply to avoid boredom; almost 1/3 of our 24-hour day is spent staring at a screen and that means that over 7 years of our lives are consumed by digital distraction, and with little to show for this enormous time investment. Since 2010/2011, something has changed in our adolescents—they are lonelier, feel more left out and disenfranchised and have higher levels of depression. Social media is actually anti-social. Research shows that less Facebook creates an increase in happiness levels and that too much social media actually decreases our social empathy. This lecture will show how this time on our screens has robbed us of sleep and has distorted what is important in real-time living and relationships and how and why the answer lies in creating meaningful tech-life balance where our screen time is decided by our values and an awareness of the power and addictive nature of the Internet.
Presented by Dr. David Greenfield
Founder and Medical Director, The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UConn School of Medicine