Internet addiction is a very real problem, with real consequences. And it’s way more prevalent than you think. This week, we hear from a young man about his struggles with a gaming addiction. And, a woman who asked to remain anonymous, shares the emotional story of how her whole life was changed by a loved one’s addiction. (After making this episode our production team was left questioning their own internet usage, as well as their family’s.)
reSTART’s Internet Addiction Recovery Program: www.netaddictionrecovery.com/
Dr. Greenfield and The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction: www.virtual-addiction.com
Internet & Tech Addiction Anonymous (ITAA) www.netaddictionanon.org
20 Symptoms of Internet Addiction: http://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/people/eroberts/cs201/projects/technorealism/symptoms.html
Ned takes a question from a father about his son’s ADHD medication and his concerns about its effects over time.
Car manufacturers are enticing buyers with the latest technological advancements, but are the newest vehicles helping or hindering drivers? In this show the editors of Car & Driver magazine take listeners on an adventure in a self-driving Tesla, and Ned goes to a Mercedes dealership to check out the bells and whistles of the S-class model. Listen in and decide for yourself whether all of the new technology is a good thing or a bad thing.
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Our thanks to Mercedes of North Haven for their help in making this episode. http://www.mercedesbenzofnorthhaven.com/
Ned outlines his simple, 7-step plan that’ll have you crossing things off your to-do list in no time! Learn how to meet your goals and bring focus into your life every day.
Ned reacts to the National Transportation Safety Board’s latest report on the May 12, 2015 Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that killed 8 people, and injured nearly 200 other passengers. The NTSB determined that the engineer was distracted by radio dispatches from another train at the time of the crash. Ned talks about the lessons we can all learn from this tragedy.
Ned puts into practice his belief that if we move away from our devices there’s a wonderful world of connection just waiting to happen. For this show, he returns to East Rock Coffee in New Haven, CT, where the use of computers and cell phones is discouraged to have an in-depth conversation with a unique and fascinating person. Meet Stanley.
Listener feedback gets Ned talking about the trouble with clutter and offering solutions to cleaning up your physical and digital spaces.
Resources for Clearing Clutter from Your Life:
Professional Organizer, Judith Kolberg: http://fileheads.net/
Find a Professional Organizer Near You: http://www.napo.net/
Junk Removal Services:
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Be a fly on the wall as Ned gives a live audience the prescription for surviving in an ultra-competitive, ultra-fast society. Learn how to prioritize, combine work and play, and reconnect with those you truly care about for a happier, healthier, and longer life! For real!
Ned gives practical tips for handling the challenging people in your life, whether it’s your boss, teacher or relative. (Come on, we all have at least one!) Ned shares a story from his own past about a difficult person he dealt with in medical school.
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How much time do you spend staring at a screen? Maybe it’s not your fault. Maybe the internet is designed to be addictive. Ned takes a look at the issue, and we send our producers down a digital rabbit hole to show you how we all get sucked in. Learn about a wonderful new invention that can help you unplug but stay connected, and why a digital detox should be part of your regular diet.
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Links from this show:
Michael Schulson’s article, If the Internet Is Addictive Why Don’t We Regulate It?; https://aeon.co/essays/if-the-internet-is-addictive-why-don-t-we-regulate-it
Go light with The Light Phone; http://www.thelightphone.com/
Susan Scutti’s article, Digital Detox; What It Is and Why You Need One http://www.medicaldaily.com/digital-detox-what-it-and-why-you-need-one-free-yourself-stress-and-anxiety-365784
Take the safe driving pledge at Distraction.gov: http://www.distraction.gov/