Mini Distraction #11: Addicted to Information & Gaming: Ryan’s Story

Our full-length show this week explores internet addiction (Episode #11). In this mini episode, another young man shares his descent into a full-blown internet addiction. He opens up about rehab and touches on the practical side of getting help if you can’€™t afford inpatient care.

Resources:

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

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Ep 11: The Dangers of Internet Addiction

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.)

Resources:

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
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Ep 10: Dashboard Diversions: Are New Cars Safer or Scarier?

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.

Would you buy a self-driving car? Take our poll and let us know: https://www.facebook.com/DistractionPodcast1/

Send your thoughts and questions to [email protected] and you might be featured in a future show.

Listen to the Car & Drive podcast: http://www.caranddriverpodcast.com/

Our thanks to Mercedes of North Haven for their help in making this episode. http://www.mercedesbenzofnorthhaven.com/

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Special: Ned Responds to Fed’s Report About Distraction’s Role in Amtrak Tragedy

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.

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Mini Distraction #8: Clear Your Clutter

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:

http://www.organizingpro.com/cleanupyourcomputer/

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-15310/why-clearing-clutter-is-so-hard-and-how-to-do-it-anyway.html

http://cluttersort.com/services/digital-organizing/

Professional Organizer, Judith Kolberg: http://fileheads.net/

Find a Professional Organizer Near You: http://www.napo.net/

Junk Removal Services:

http://www.1800gotjunk.com/us_en

https://www.thebagster.com/default.aspx

http://www.junk-king.com/

We’re looking for a new name for our “€œmailbag” segment of the show. What should we call it? Submit your idea to [email protected] and we might use it!
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MINI DISTRACTION #7: How to Deal with Difficult People

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.

Email your tips for dealing with difficult people to [email protected] and you might be featured in a future episode!

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Ep 7: Our Obsession with Our Devices

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.

What’€™s your digital rabbit hole? Send us a note at [email protected] and you might be included in a future show!

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