7.3 percent of the estimated 2.4 billion Internet users in 2013 were considered addicts. As smartphone use increases and more apps and games are developed, those numbers continue to rise.
With a PhD in medical family therapy and having spent nearly a decade working with video game designs, Ryan J. Anderson has seen the good and bad that comes from gazing at our screens. In this enlightening and entertaining book, he shows how we can avoid excessive, obsessive, and addictive relationships with the digital world so we
can live a rich and engaging life—online and offline.
learn how to
• Protect yourself against Internet addiction and the illusion of online privacy
• Identify destructive aspects of social media, video games, and in-app purchases
• Uncover addictive techniques in video games, such as level grinding and twitch gaming
Use Anderson’s advice to analyze your own screen habits and a healthy balance between the digital and physical worlds.
“Ryan Anderson takes a potentially dry subject and turns it into a compelling read with stories, metaphors, and a razor-sharp sense of humor. The subject matter is well researched, organized, and chock-full of common sense arguments and real-life experiences to support the points. The author clearly knows his subject matter and breaks it down in a way that is understandable and useful to the reader. The reader comes away with a practical guide to understanding and managing the various forms of electronic media in his life. Well done all around!”
—Dr. Sam Joel Coates, MD, addiction psychiatrist for youth
RYAN J. ANDERSON received his BS degree in marriage, family, and human development and his MS degree in marriage and family therapy from Brigham Young University. He received his PhD in medical family therapy from East Carolina University and completed his internship at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has worked as a family therapist in outpatient practice, inpatient psychiatric settings, cancer care, and several other medical settings. He has also been a wilderness therapist, the assistant clinical director at Outback Therapeutic Expeditions, and a therapist at Telos Residential Treatment. His teaching experience includes undergraduate university courses, first-year medical students, and community outreach and education programs. He has also been a speaker at various conferences and continuing education events.