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What you need to know about internet addiction | Dr. Kimberly Young | TEDxBuffalo technology addiction

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. We are all a bit too connected to our smartphones and web-connected devices. Dr. Young helps identify warning signs of Internet addiction and what we can do to manage technology in our daily lives. She also asks “How young is too young?” for screen time, warning parents about the dangers of technology use in children as young as two. She offers strategies for how we can build “Screen Smart” schools, and introduces her new 3-6-9-12 Parenting Guidelines for managing tech use at home.

Psychologist Dr. Kimberly Young launched the first study on internet addiction in 1995, wrote “Caught in the Net” in 1998, and has worked ever since to develop and discuss research and treatment for a rapidly evolving problem.

Young is a professor at St. Bonaventure University and founder and director of the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery in Bradford, Pa. She founded the first inpatient clinic for Internet addiction recovery in the United States at the Bradford Regional Medical Center and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USAToday, CNN, Fox News, Good Morning America, MSNBC News, and The Today Show.

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  1. my brother is severely addicted to the internet and idk how to bring it up to him. he won’t listen to me and be in denial i feel so bad but i’m not gonna tell my mom either because that’s not my place but it’s fuckin up his life and i never noticed till now because i got out of rehab and it’s all making sense he isolates, hasn’t went to school in years, is irritable to everyone, lost basic social skills, and depressed i wanna help him but there’s only so much i can do to get through to him bc he gets so defensive.

  2. I'm going to try and stop with my partner. I think it's ruining our relationship. All we talk about is tik tok. We do nothing. We go nowhere. It's driving me mad. I want hobbies back. I want intimacy back. Internet addiction is very serious. We should limit ourselves to messaging and an hour of screen time a day. The internet has made itself… indispensable. Want to learn a language? Online. Want to learn a recipe? Online. Want to learn how to fix your relationship? Online. Want to lose weight? Online. We need to push back. This isn't good on our minds nor is it good for our eyes. I've gained visual snow and migraines with aura due to my own addiction to the screen. Gaming has been an outlet for me to escape into. Truly, we need to manage our time online so that we enjoy it, but enjoy life more.

  3. I just read (in 2021) that screen time starts thinning the neocortex (thinking ability) even in adults (brain fog, anyone?) and impairs our executive function skills as well. It's not just a dopamine addiction, which is bad enough, long hours on the screen are causing mental impairment. Right now, many of us are isolated due to lockdowns, and we're more prone to screen addiction.

  4. As a kid I went to a 2 week camp a few years in a row. It was amazing- everything was structured (with choices, but sitting around in the tents wasn’t one) and we had only 45minutes after our swim-time/showers to lay in our beds for a nap or whatever. I lost so much weight and it really helped kickstart my fitness journey. ❤️

  5. I’m lonely since childhood to now 21 years old. I have been addicted to the Internet since I’m 5 years old. My parents don’t care about how I grew up at all. I have begun to try to overcome my addiction two years ago. It is very very struggle. I still not success in beat it. That ruined my life.

  6. Unfortunately this is becoming even more true with time even if compulsory information seeking disorder is an extreme form of internet addiction. I hope that people in the future will more often know that internet addiction is an addiction on a similar level as casino addiction and with that, will be more able to cope with it ☹️

  7. I would say that this all started with television and possibly radio. I am the original TV addict having been born in the early 1950's. My parents had to order me out of the house to get me to go outside and play. I'm a senior citizen now and just got rid of my TV a few years ago. I have found myself to be prone to internet addictions of all types. I just uninstalled 3 video games yesterday and came up with a better alternative for gaming: board games and in my case wargames. I may make a therapeutic video to that effect sometime soon. When I find my life at a standstill because of various addictive behavior I evaluate and analyze my situation, I look at alternatives for a constructive solution to whatever problem is standing in the way of my progress. You can too.

  8. With new technology like apple watch or smart speakers, people are constantly connected more than ever.
    Companies are trying to make "connecting" as easy as possible.

    Internet addiction is not getting better, but starting to move from an illness to a new norm.

    This trend will definitely continue.
    Smart glasses, VR, BCI are the examples of new tech.
    Will people abandon reality, and be swallowed into online world?

  9. The thing is, i deleted all my games. I stopped playing pubg and mlbb but then i got addicted to watching tv shows and drama. I get such immense joy i get overly obsessed and i keep wanting more. Idk . I had a whole schedule to study and it has become messed up. Its like i replaced one form of internet addiction to another form. The thing is what productive and enjoyable thing is there, that can be alternative of internet? Especially during quarantine.

  10. At some point I removed the internet from my apartment for around 3 months. I was attending an art school at the time and the first difference I noticed was that I was able to study for things I wasn't interested in at all. We had an art history exam. I didn't have any interest in the subject, but yet I had no problems sitting down and study for it. I gained the discipline of a samurai. My creativity could also run freely. I had lots of ideas in my head and had the discipline and drive to make those ideas come true. It was a fantastic time. I think the internet can be really harmful for creative people.

  11. This was not at all as deep and informative as I had hoped. It really just summarizes ‘this is a problem’ and is intended for an audience who doesn’t understand that yet. I know it. I live it. So I wanted to know about typical brain activity patterns of an addict, the documented resulting cognitive decline, evidence-based treatment methods, etc. :/

  12. I feel like this lady's suggestions really aren't serious responses to this issue. For many of these people the sheer act of being at a computer is enough to lock them into compulsive cycles of activity that severely impair their ability to function, eating away all their time, attention and energy which should really be dedicated to productive activities. Take university students for example; virtually all their course material is conveyed to them online now. I can personally attest to this in my own university experience; everything from my lectures, to my specifications, to my deadlines are located online. All my assessments are submitted online. All my resources are located online, on a specific university platform. The sheer act of being on an internet browser is enough to make me compulsively open a tab on reddit or twitter. This rapidly escalates into countless days that I've set aside specifically for studying being wasted, all because of compulsive behaviours I have no conscious control over. I could be wasting my time in more socially constructive ways out meeting people, but instead I lose this time sat at a computer struggling to constructively use resources my university is actively encouraging me to use. It has been made virtually impossible to forgo these resources if I am serious about trying to succeed academically, which makes this lady's calls for self imposed limitations frustrating to me, because the problem is literally a compulsive behaviour that is beyond conscious decision making. It isn't something you can just turn off like flicking a switch in your head. I will be on word trying to type out a lab report one minute, and then looking at a tab on reddit or twitter without even being aware that I'm doing it. I physically have no control over this behaviour, so how am I expected to manage it, especially when my academic activities depend on constantly using it? It's like saying to a drug addict that they should kick their habit while insisting they continue to take baby doses of the substance they abuse.

  13. I spend most of the time on YouTube accept when, sleep, eat. I don't play game, I don't have fb, Instagram, twitter nor tumbler. Just only YouTube, generally on information. Am I addicted?

  14. Wanted to maybe write this in a journal but maybe I could write it here in case anyone relates, I’ve been struggling with depression for a while now and I used to think my digital addiction was a result of it but I actually now think its vice-versa. Im feeling sad and tired all the time because I’m so much more concerned with enriching my digital life than my real life. Im only happy when Im watching tv or when I’m scrolling and once I’m pulled out of it to go to school or work or even to hang out with friends, I get frustrated and all I do is count the time until I can endlessly watch or scroll again. It was enough to make me think that I will never be happy, I will never love my job or love what I’m learning or connect deeply with people. I have no hobbies, I feel lonely, and Im anxious when Im out of the house. This addiction is real and I am just now coming to terms with it. Ill try out this 48-hr detox next weekend and come up with some more strategies to combat this. Maybe now that I found the root of my depression and anxiety I can cope with it much better. Glad I found this video, its validated what I’ve been thinking…

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