“Tanya Goodin’s new book is informative, alarming and galvanising.”
“The pandemic's wake-up call is that it has given us a glimpse of a future lived almost entirely through screens, isolated from those we love, growing lonelier and more disconnected day-by-day. We must urgently reset our relationship with tech.”
Tanya is a trailblazing author, pioneering thinker and campaigner on digital wellbeing and tech ethics, founder of the digital detox movement Time to Log Off and host of the ‘It’s Complicated’ podcast. Her game-changing books on our relationship with technology, ‘My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open’, ‘Off’and ‘Stop Staring at Screens’, are published in ten languages worldwide.
She hasn’t always been a ‘digital canary’. As an award-winning digital entrepreneur and instinctive trend spotter, Tanya spent two decades running one of Britain’s first digital businesses. Her new mission is to make today’s tech issues accessible to users and consumers, so they can consciously manage their digital lives.
Tanya is a digital detox expert, an expert in the field of tech-life balance and a regular public speaker and media commentator, helping a global audience forge a healthier, happier relationship with digital devices.
Tanya is an expert commentator on digital detox, a digital wellbeing expert, commentator on screens and children, digital addiction, tech dependency and work-life balance and has been featured on these, and many other, major broadcast platforms and print publications.
‘It’s Complicated’ launched in 2019 and Series Seven is now streaming. The digital detox podcast features Tanya chatting to an inspiring group of celebrities, academics and experts to find out how they can help us with our complicated relationship with our smartphones.
Silkie Carlo, director of British civil liberties NGO Big Brother Watch joins to chat about the huge rise of facial recognition tech and what it means for our privacy and human rights. From biometric passports and unlocking our phones, to police real-time face recognition cameras and even face ID in supermarkets – she’s talking about what we need to know about how the tech works, who’s using it and what we should worry about.
Tim Spector, Professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College in London and co-founder of the Zoe Covid Symptom Study app – the world’s largest COVID-19 study – joins us to talks about this revolutionary community science project, downloaded by nearly 5 million UK users. It changed the way we understood coronavirus and Zoe’s on-going nutrition study is aiming to do the same for our diet by building a personalised understanding of how our body responds to food.
Join Queen of Boundaries, broadcaster, author and life coach Michelle Elman, as she helps us all set better boundaries online. From dealing with ghosting, managing the 24:7 email culture and sending clearer and more effective texts – she’s helping us all learn how to say “No”.
Tanya is the author of three books on our complicated relationship with technology: ‘My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open’, ‘Off.’ and ‘Stop Staring at Screens’ are all out now.
My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open
“Highly readable…attainable and realistic ways to reduce technology use and alleviate the burdens it can place on us as individuals and on our relationships.”
OFF: Your Digital Detox for a Better Life
“She presents simple ideas alongside practical suggestions for how to implement them – leaving you inspired and motivated by the end.”
Stop Staring at Screens!
“Perhaps the best compliment I can pay this is that as soon as I started reading this, my 13-year-old son started looking over my shoulder, and in short order said, “I want to read this as soon as you’re done. And I want to do this.” ”
Tanya is both a digital detox expert and a digital wellbeing expert and speaks at public events, in workplaces, and at schools and colleges on digital detox, digital wellbeing and tech-life balance.
Tanya writes here on digital wellbeing, digital detox, Big Tech, screen-life balance, cybersafety, AI, social media and mental health, persuasive tech, the attention economy and other topical issues related to the digital world.
If you’re one of the app’s 1 billion active users you might have wondered why TikTok is so hard to put down? It’s designed that way.
Imagine being on a Zoom call and the person the other end is getting real-time indications that you’re bored, annoyed, or even lying – that’s the promise of ’emotion AI’.
Should we be worried that we can tell a computer-generated image of a human face from the real thing less than half the time?
As the relentless march of the attention economy and persuasive tech takes its toll, are we all now suffering from phone addiction?
My tech ethics podcast ‘It’s Complicated’ returns for its 7th series with inspiring guests to help you untangle your relationship with tech.
The UK’s Online Safety Bill gets its second reading this week. The Bill will put safety at the heart of the internet experience for UK users.