THINKING

Tanya writes regularly on digital wellbeing, digital detox, Big Tech, screen-life balance, cybersafety, persuasive tech, the attention economy and other topical issues related to the digital world.

2020: The TikTok Election

With 61% of Gen Z saying social media is their primary daily news source, and many admitting "TikTok definitely impacted my vote", TikTok has become one of the major forces at play in the 2020 US election. Of course, social media companies have been having an...

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Reviewing The Social Dilemma

New on Netflix comes The Social Dilemma, a powerful documentary on our relationship with the digital world. Through a combination of interviews with Silicon Valley innovators and a fictionalised family who experience the products created, this film highlights the...

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Screen time tips before the big return to school

We're currently in a heatwave in the UK, the closing days of what feels like a long endless summer. But schools and colleges will be returning in a matter of weeks. Children and young people who've been in lockdown for months are gearing up to be getting back to some...

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The Trouble with TikTok: internet safety spotlight

“TikTok might not meet the exact criteria to be called ‘malware,’ but it’s definitely nefarious and (IMHO) outright evil,” a whistle-blowing engineer recently wrote on Reddit. “There’s a reason governments are banning it. Don’t use the app. Don’t let your children use...

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Screen time this summer: curation before clocks

Panic has been mounting in parents all across the globe over screen time in the pandemic. Research has shown links between excess screen time and poor diet and body mass outcomes, and studies have been published on the negative impact on mental health from social...

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The other pandemic: cybercrime

During the Covid-19 pandemic we've all been spending far more time online than usual and so have another group: cybercriminals. According to Ofcom we're now spending on average four hours online a day. This, combined with increased anxiety and stress around the...

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BOOKS

Tanya is the author of three books on our complicated relationship with technology: ‘Off.’ and Stop Staring at Screens’ are out now. Tanya's third book My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open’ will be published Autumn 2021.

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." 

My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open

How to Untangle our Relationship with Tech - Available for Pre-Order Now.

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