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Are You Addicted to the Internet?

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: One out of every eight Americans experiences signs of internet addiction, and 34 percent check their smartphones before getting out of bed.
Air Date: 1/6/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: David Greenfield, PhD
David Greenfiled Dr. David Greenfield is founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

He is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on Internet and computer behavior and digital media technology-including its use and abuse. Dr. Greenfield's recent work is focused on why digital technologies are so over-used (and in some cases potentially addictive) and how we as a society can use technology in a more balanced and healthy manner.

Dr. Greenfield has appeared numerous times on CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Early Show, Fox News, The O'Reilly Report, Anderson Cooper, and NBC News.

His work has also been featured in U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, Newsweek, People, Time, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and numerous popular publications.

Greenfield is the author of Virtual Addiction as well as several professional articles and book chapters on Internet, computer and digital behavior and the recent DVD, Raising Generation D: A guide for parent raising children in the digital age.

Dr. Greenfield is a fellow and past-president of the Connecticut Psychological Association;
he maintains his home and clinical practice of Psychological, Behavioral Medicine and Addictions treatment in Connecticut and conducts research, training, consultation, and lectures throughout the world on the impact of, Internet, Smartphone, and Digital Media Technology use and abuse.
Are You Addicted to the Internet?
It happens to you all the time... you thought you'd pop online to check your Facebook and before you know it five hours have passed. Your cell phone is running low on battery and you get anxious at the thought of not having it turned on; or not having it in your hands.

You're constantly checking your Facebook, Twitter, and searching around Google in the morning, during commuting hours, before tucking into bed at night and all the time in-between.

You want to rip your hair out when your Internet gives out for no reason and find yourself a little embarrassed to admit to your friends how you spend your free time (watching cat videos on YouTube).

It's okay; you're just addicted to the Internet and your cell phone.

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut, Dr. David Greenfield, PhD, shares why cell and Internet addiction is on the rise and the treatment options available.

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