Virtual Addiction: Digital Media, Internet, and Technology Clinical Issues and Explorations

David Greenfield, PhD
Friday, November 7, 2014
The Delaney House, Holyoke, Massachusetts
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM


The purpose of this workshop is to provide an introduction into the history and theory, research, and clinical practice/treatment issues associated with Internet and Digital Technology Addiction.  A particular focus will be on diagnostic definitions and illustrations of compulsive patterns of behavior and the clinical implications of treating such individuals. The psychosocial aspects of online sex, gaming, and the Internet and other digital media devices will be discussed along with social media, texting, and the particular issues of Generation-D’s use of digital technology. The workshop will examine how the unique characteristics of the Internet and other digital media technologies synergize Internet addictive behavior and can promote compulsive use and addictive patterns. Treatment techniques and strategies will be presented in the context of the overall pattern of Internet addiction and compulsive use and abuse.
Learning Objectives:
At the end of this conference, participants will be able to:


1. Discuss the theory underlying compulsive Internet and digital media behavior

2. Identify general issues with sexual and gaming addiction, compulsion, and the cross-connection to digital on-line media.

3. Describe basic definitions, theory, clinical issues and relevant research on cybersex and on-line sexual behavior and addiction.

4. Identify potential signs and symptoms of compulsive use of social media and texting and to examine generational issues and factors.

5. Discuss treatment strategies and clinical concepts.

6. List at least one future trend.
David Greenfield, PhD,
  is founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction ( and and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on Internet and computer behavior and digital media technology--including its use and abuse. Dr. Greenfield’s recent work is focused why digital technologies are abused, and in some cases, potentially addictive, and how we as a society can use technology in a more balanced and healthy manner.

Dr. Greenfield lectures to public and medical/behavioral health groups throughout the world and has appeared numerous times on CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Early Show, Fox News, The O’Reilly Report, Anderson Cooper, and NBC News. His work has also been featured in U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, Newsweek, People, Time, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and numerous other popular publications.  Dr. Greenfield is the author of Virtual Addiction as well as several professional articles and book chapters on Internet, computer and digital behavior and the recent DVD called “Raising Generation D: A guide for parents raising children in the digital age.”

Dr. Greenfield is a fellow and past-president of the Connecticut Psychological Association. He maintains his home and clinical practice of Psychological and Behavioral Medicine and Addictions Treatment in Connecticut and conducts research, training, consultation, and lectures throughout the world on the impact of Internet, Smartphone, and Digital Media Technology use and compulsion.