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About the Speaker:
Adam Alter (Author and Professor, NYU)
Adam Alter is a marketing and psychology professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, and the New York Times bestselling author of two books. His most recent book, IRRESISTIBLE, asks why we spend so much time in front of screens, and how we can reclaim our time and attention.
Alter has consulted for the World Economic Forum, a number of national governments, and dozens of corporations around the world on the relationship between technology and well-being. His TED talk on the mainstage at Vancouver, Canada, has been viewed almost 4 million times, and was voted one of the top ten TED talks of the year. He was voted professor of the year at NYU Stern in 2020 by both the MBA student body and a committee of his colleagues.
TEDxGateway Webinar: Adam Alter (Author and Professor, NYU) in conversation with Ralph Simon (Founder, Mobilium Global)
Webinar Series: The World Has Changed
Webinar Topic: Finding the Balance Between Technology and Well-being
About the webinar:
Humans spend an average of four hours a day staring at smartphones, amounting to almost fifteen years across the lifespan. What is it about screens that makes them so difficult for us to resist, and how can we reclaim our time and well-being from an industry that thrives on our attention? How has the age of COVID-19—a time when many of us are forced into social isolation—changed our relationship with screens, and how can we manage our relationship with them when they are our primary means of connecting to family, friends, and the workplace?
Adam Alter explains why most of us spend so many hours each week staring at screens, why screens hamper our well-being, and—most critically—how we can reclaim our time and attention. There are lessons here for everyone, from older adults to teens; from the parents of young children to teachers and policymakers.