For this week’s Integrated Health Podcast, Angelo and Danny sit down with world-renowned internet addiction specialist and founder of the Center for Internet Addiction, Dr. Kim Young. With well over 20 years of experience in the field, Young is considered to be a leading authority on internet addiction having written a string of books such as Tangled in the Web and Breaking Free of the Web. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TIME, CNN, Fox News, and many more.
Since 1995, Dr. Young has been on the forefront of researching, diagnosing, and rehabilitating the internet practices of individuals who have developed unhealthy and often times compulsory relationships to their technology. Our lives are intrinsically connected to the technologies that surround us and while it often enriches our lives, living with such close proximity to our devices can encourage dependence on the experiences they can provide.
This discussion is increasingly relevant with new technologies being integrated into school systems which now give children unprecedented and increasing access to the internet. And often times, this level of exposure can encourage the addictive behaviors that can lead to unhealthy dependence. The behaviors can be managed with regulated and specific usage of the internet but with technology showing now sign of slowing its spread, Dr. Young gives us some insight into how we can teach intelligent and thoughtful usage of the internet to our kids.
So, come along with us as we get educated us on what internet addiction looks like in adults and children alike while offering us a background on how our society has reached a place where technology is often used as a substitute for necessary formative personal interactions.
To learn more about Dr. Young and find great resources on internet addiction visit, NetAddiction.com