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How To Break the Spell of Social Media

Dr. David Greenfield on living a balanced digital life.


Episode Notes

James is head over heels in love with his wife. But there’s one thing that keeps getting in between them … the glow of her smartphone. His wife is constantly scrolling social media or staging photo ops with James and their kids to create a picture perfect life online. On this episode of How To!, we bring on Dr. David Greenfield, the founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction, to help James understand why it’s so hard for his wife to log off. He has some fascinating advice for how to wean yourself off social media and reconnect IRL without creating a bigger rift in the relationship.

If you liked this episode, check out “How To Put Down Your Phone.”

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Podcast production by Derek John and Rosemary Belson.


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