Digital Madness: How Social Media Is Driving Our Mental Health Crisis--and How to Restore Our Sanity

Digital Madness: How Social Media Is Driving Our Mental Health Crisis--and How to Restore Our Sanity

by Nicholas Kardaras
Digital Madness: How Social Media Is Driving Our Mental Health Crisis--and How to Restore Our Sanity

Digital Madness: How Social Media Is Driving Our Mental Health Crisis--and How to Restore Our Sanity

by Nicholas Kardaras

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Overview

From the author of the provocative and influential Glow Kids, Digital Madness explores how we’ve become mad for our devices as our devices are driving us mad, as revolutionary research reveals technology's damaging effect on mental illness and suicide rates—and offers a way out.

Dr. Nicholas Kardaras is at the forefront of psychologists sounding the alarm about the impact of excessive technology on younger brains. In Glow Kids, he described what screen time does to children, calling it “digital heroin”. Now, in Digital Madness, Dr. Kardaras turns his attention to our teens and young adults and looks at the mental health impact of tech addiction and corrosive social media.

In Digital Madness, Dr. Kardaras answers the question of why young people’s mental health is deteriorating as we become a more technologically advanced society. While enthralled with shiny devices and immersed in Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat, our young people are struggling with record rates of depression, loneliness, anxiety, overdoses and suicide. What’s driving this mental health epidemic? Our immersion in toxic social media has created polarizing extremes of emotion and addictive dependency, while also acting as a toxic "digital social contagion”, spreading a variety of psychiatric disorders.

The algorithm-fueled polarity of social media also shapes the brain's architecture into inherently pathological and reactive "black and white" thinking—toxic for politics and society, but also symptomatic of several mental disorders. Digital Madness also examines how the profit-driven titans of Big Tech have created our unhealthy tech-dependent lifestyle: sedentary, screen-staring, addicted, depressed, isolated and empty—all in the pursuit of increased engagement, data mining and monetization.

But there is a solution. Dr. Kardaras offers a path out of our crisis, using examples from classical philosophy that encourage resilience, critical thinking and the pursuit of sanity-sustaining purpose in people’s lives. Digital Madness is a crucial book for parents, educators, therapists, public health professionals, and policymakers who are searching for ways to restore our young people’s mental and physical health.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250278494
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/13/2022
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 350,271
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

DR. NICHOLAS KARDARAS is an Ivy League educated psychologist, one of the country’s foremost addiction and mental health experts and the bestselling author of Glow Kids. A former clinical professor at Stony Brook Medicine, he’s developed treatment programs all over the country, has written for TIME Magazine, Scientific American, Salon and Psychology Today, and has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC's 20/20, CNN, the CBS Evening News, PBS, NPR, FOX & Friends and in Esquire and Vanity Fair. He lives in Sag Harbor, NY with his wife and twin sons.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I A World Gone Mad

1 Addicted to the Matrix 15

2 A World Gone Mad 43

3 The Social Contagion Effect 61

4 Viral Violence 87

5 Social Media and the Binary Trap 116

Part II Digital Dystopia

6 The New Technocracy 143

7 Maintaining the Dystopia 161

8 God Complexes and Immortality 182

Part III The Ancient Cure

9 My Personal Odyssey 197

10 Beyond Therapy 212

11 The Philosopher-Warrior 238

Acknowledgments 259

Notes 261

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