‘It’s Complicated’ launched in 2019 and has just finished streaming Series Six. The digital detox podcast features Tanya chatting to an inspiring group of celebrities, academics and experts about their complicated relationship with their smartphones.
‘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.
What phone habits are making us unsafe online? How can we guard against phishing, scams and frauds without tying ourselves up in knots? Joining us this week is ethical hacker Scott McGready to talk about how to get the balance right between sharing and oversharing; and how to make sure embarrassment doesn’t stop us talking about some of the seedier scams circulating 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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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’.