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By Saleem Rana

Monday, August 13, 2012

Interview by Lon Woodbury

Dr. Gregory Jantz, founder of The Center: A Place of Hope, talked with Lon Woodbury on L.A. Talk Radio concerning his brand-new publication, "Hooked: The Pitfalls of Media, Technology, and Social Networking."

Although modern telecommunications technology has helped strengthen our communication with each other, it also has its dark side. Dr. Jantz has seen that many of his client's compulsive behavior with mobile phones and other Internet-based components revealed symptoms that looked very much like Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Incessant craving for the stimulation of technological components, he thinks, has produced over-stimulated brains. People that make use of these devices well beyond 20 hours a week long for electronic stimulation, possibly to the point of being addicted to it.


Nearly 28 years ago, Dr Jantz founded The Center for Therapy and Health Resources. It follows a model of whole person therapy, and offers help to both men and women. Therapy includes providing the correct attention to the various aspects of well-being, including the medical, physical, emotional, psychological, nutritional, exercise and spiritual parts of each client.

There are specialized treatment recovery programs for abuse, addiction, depression, sexual problems, personal wellness, eating disorders, relationships, and spiritual renewal.

Hooked on Technology?

The modern world appears to be fascinated with the endless supply of ever-new models of digital toys. There is a growing fixation with them, with people spending huge amounts of time each day and night on Apples' iphone, smart phones, and tablets. In fact, people spend more time texting on Twitter and Facebook than in taking pleasure from actual real-life relationships. Today, numerous individuals choose to reside in a virtual world rather than entering into real life.

The interview dealt with a wide range of subjects, offering many insights about the myth of multitasking as a method to strengthen personally effectiveness, insights about the anxiety that arises from not keeping connected to the on-line globe, and the overstimulation of the mind leading to Internet obsession.

Final Thoughts

The purpose of the new book is not to condemn technological advancement, but to encourage a sense of balance in people's lives. When technology interferes with self-regulation, overstimulated people need to take steps to take back their lives and restore their psychological well-being.

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