Digital Dementia, Digital Detox, and The Importance of Mindfulness in the 21st Century Information Age
Opportunity - Environment
Brian Luke Seaward, PhD
Executive Director, Inspiration Unlimited & The Paramount Wellness Institute
AAFP 0.0 | ACSM 1.0 | CDR 1.0 | NCHEC 1.0
The topic of mindfulness is gaining great receptivity in the American culture, and not by coincidence, a parallel use of screen technology. Experts from MIT and Stanford University are now expressing concern with our love affair with technology (known as FOMO: Fear of missing out and “Digital Dementia”), citing and increased compromise of cognitive skills including short term and long term memory, attention span and critical thinking. Enter the age of Mindfulness, an ancient practice to quite the mind with sensory overload. This presentation examines the science of “screen addictions“, FOMO, mental paralysis at the worksite, as well as the newest research of neuroplasticity; regeneration of brain tissue produced from mindfulness meditation and relaxation.
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is regarded as one of the foremost experts in the field of stress management and a pioneer in the field of mind-body-spirit healing. He has authored more than sixteen books, including the classic best sellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, The Art of Calm and Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward as well, Managing Stress (9E) the top selling college textbook in it’s field. Dr. Seaward began his career as the Associate Director of Cardiac Rehab at the Gunderson-Lutheran Hospital in 1980. Over the years he has served on the faculty of the American University, the University of Colorado and the University of Northern Colorado’s School of Public Health. Additionally, he has served as a sports psychologist for many Olympic swimmers, ice skaters and the US national Biathlon team. His corporate clients include Hewlett Packard, Procter & Gamble, Conoco Oil, Motorola, Quaker Oats, John Deere, BP-Amoco, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Maxtor-Seagate, Organic Valley Dairy, US ARMY, and many others. The wisdom of Brian Luke Seaward can be found quoted in PBS specials, college lectures, medical seminars, boardroom meetings, church sermons, keynote addresses, and graduation speeches all over the world. He currently serves on the faculty of the University of Colorado Consortium for Public Health and is the Executive Director of the Paramount Wellness Institute in Boulder, CO. He can be reached via his website, www.brianlukeseaward.net.