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You will find a selection of books in print. Most of them are written for the public; a few are denser clinical research results. The popular sources are well-researched. However, much about internet use is uncertain and some popular sources may make claims sound firmer than they deserve to be, based on current evidence and debate.

Most of the statistics come from American and East Asian sources. Canadian use of the internet and apps is similar to American use.

Carnes, Patrick. (2001, 3rd ed.) Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction. Hazeldon: Center City, MN

Somewhat dated, but presents the psychology of sexual addiction and its treatment very well. If anything, advances in streaming pornography make this book more relevant.

Carr, Nicholas. (2011). The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. W.W. Norton & Co.:N.Y.

An excellent, best-selling paperback for popular consumption. Clearly presents the impact on thinking, judgement, emotional control and the impacts on learning and understanding.

Kardahas, Nicholas. (2016) Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids – and How to Break the Trance. St. Martin’s Press: N.Y.

Of interest to the public and clinicians, Dr. Kardahas shares the experience of treating children with screen dependencies. A nice combination of research, clinical practice and advice for parents and teachers. A must read guide to aetiologies, assessment and treatment for a range of digital dependencies by a host of clinicians.

Powers, William. (2010). Hamlet’s Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age. Harpers: N.Y.

An historical account on how media have shaped the way we think and form societies. Powers makes the case that the internet will shape us more than any previous milestone inventions: writing, clocks, cartography, printing, radio/TV.

Thompson, Clive. (2014). Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better. Penguin Books: N.Y.

This author takes a contrary look, claiming that digital media make us smarter and more aware of our world. We agree that the internet has that potential and is used by many without harm. Thompson ignores the significant percentage of people whose use is harmful.

Twenge, Jean M. (2017) iGen: Why Today’s Super-connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood. Atria Books: N.Y.

Using data from longitudinal surveys that permit comparisons of like-ages across multiple generations, Twenge provides a thorough portrait of what is unique about the latest generation to attain adulthood. On our list because of extensive data analysis related to technology, especially the introduction of the cell phone, and psychological health and learning under-achievement.

Wilson, Gary. (2014). Your Brain On Porn. Commonwealth: U.K.

This popular book explains the neuroscience behind addiction and uses scores of case accounts to document the psychological and physical health effects of addiction to streaming pornography.

Wilson, E.O. (1984). Biophilia: The Human Bond with Other Species. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

This seminal book presents our perceptions of the environment as subject to natural selection and provides evidence that humans need contact with nature for health.

Young, Kimberly S. & de Abreu, Cristiano Nabuco. (2017). Internet Addictions in Children and Adolescents: Risk Factor, Assessment and Treatment. Springer Publishing Co: N.Y.

An indispensable guide for clinicians and parents seeking to understand their child’s digital dependencies.

Young, Kimberly S. & de Abreu, Cristiano Nabuco. (2011). Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment. John Wiley and Sons: Hoboken, NJ.
Zahariades, Damon. (2018). Digital Detox. Self-published.

We include this book because it presents digital dependencies simply (over-simply). Easily readable. It is a typical 30-day cure guide. The methods of quitting suggested are okay, but most people would need a therapist in order to be successful.

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