‘It’s Complicated’ launched in 2019 and is now streaming Series Seven. The digital detox podcast features Tanya chatting to an inspiring group of celebrities, academics and experts to discover how they can help listeners with their complicated relationship with their smartphones.

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‘It’s Complicated’ launched February 2019 and was selected by iTunes for its New & Noteworthy podcast feature in its first few weeks of launch. In each series, Tanya discusses how being over-connected to your smartphone can affect everything from your physical health, your mental health, your work and your sex life. The goal with all these conversations is to untangle what a healthy relationship with your phone looks like and to empower the listener with tips and ideas to leave them feeling healthier, happier, and with hours more time in their day.

S2 Ep 7 The Naked Professor on Male Mental Health Online

The Naked Professor, Ben Bidwell, joins us to talk about male mental health, personal development and positive masculine social media role models. Ben is a mindset & purpose coach, writer & public speaker, leading a revolution encouraging men to open up & connect more with their emotions whilst still retaining their sense of masculinity. 

S2 Ep 6 Our Phone Habits and the Environment

What are your phone habits doing to the planet? When you throw away your phone to get the latest upgrade, where does it really go? Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing environmental problems and it’s one we can ALL do something about. This week’s episode is all about sustainability and tech and Tanya is joined by Kelsea Weber from the global repair community iFixit, to talk about how we can fix the world – one device at a time. 

S2 Ep 5 Vybarr Cregan-Reid on Smartphones and Our Bodies

Professor Vybarr Cregan-Reid joins us to talk about what our smartphone and tech habits are doing to our bodies. Vybarr is Reader in English & Environmental Humanities in the School of English at the University of Kent and his book; ‘Primate Change: How the World We Made is Remaking Us’, looks at how our environment has changed our bodies, from our eyes and teeth down to our toes. 

S2 Ep 4 Smartphones and Dating with Justin McLeod

Justin McLeod, CEO of no-swipe dating app Hinge, joins us to talk about what smartphones have done to dating; how his own heartbreak inspired him to build an app where those looking for love could meet other people who wanted to get off dating apps too; and why Hinge is the app ‘designed to be deleted’. 

S2 Ep 3 Shahroo Izardi on Phone Habit Changes that Last

Behavioural Change Specialist, and author of The Kindness Method, Shahroo Izadi joins us to talk about the secret behind changing all kinds of habits successfully; and how we can apply that to our phone and tech habits. Shahroo started her career in the NHS before setting up her private practice. Her therapeutic approach is influenced by her frontline addiction treatment work in clinical, community and prison settings. During this time, Shahroo developed a knowledge of how to elicit self-led change, even in those who are most resistant to it.

S2 Ep 2 Vex King and Kaushal on Screen:Life Balance as Influencers

Influencer power couple Vex King and Kaushal join Tanya this week to talk about they get screen:life balance with their huge online followings, and how they’re using their platforms to give back. With over 800k followers on Instagram and 2 1/2 million subscribers on YouTube, Kaushal Beauty’s makeup tutorials have become some of the internet’s most watched beauty videos. Vex King is a social media influencer, writer, mind coach and lifestyle entrepreneur. He started the Good Vibes Only (#GVO) movement to help others use the power of positivity to transform themselves and their lives into something greater. Vex is the author of Good Vibes Good Life. 

S2 Ep 1 Johann Hari on Lost Connections

Johann Hari opens up Series Two talking about addiction, depression, and why we’re looking for connection in all the wrong places. Johann is a New York Times best-selling author with both his books ‘Chasing the Scream’ (currently being made into a Hollywood feature film) and ‘Lost Connections’. His TED talk ‘Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong’ has had over 20 million views. 

S1 Ep 8 Cal Newport on Digital Minimalism

Professor and author Cal Newport joins Tanya for the final episode in this first series of the podcast for a fascinating chat about his philosophy of ‘digital minimalism’ which is also the title of his latest book. Cal is an associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University in Washington DC and the author of six books about work and productivity, including the bestselling ‘Deep Work’. 

S1 Ep 7 Tim Lovejoy on Being a Phone Addict

Journalist and TV presenter Tim Lovejoy joins Tanya today to talk about his self-confessed phone addiction and having a thin skin in the public eye in a 24:7 feedback world. Tim was the man behind football show Soccer AM and has been the presenter of the very popular Sunday Brunch on Channel 4 since 2012 where he famously asked if he thought he was addicted to his phone when he started browsing it live on-air mid interview.