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Dr. Larry Rosen
Dr. Larry Rosen is Professor Emeritus and past chair of the psychology department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is a research psychologist with specialties in multitasking, social networking, generational differences, parenting, child and adolescent development and educational psychology, and is recognized as an international expert in the "Psychology of Technology."

Over the past 30-plus years, Dr. Rosen and his colleagues have examined reactions to technology among more than 50,000 people in the United States and in 24 other countries. He has written 7 books including: (1) iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us; (2) Psychology, Technology and Society; (3) Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn; (4) Me, MySpace and I: Parenting the Net Generation; (5) TechnoStress: Coping with Technology @Work @Home @Play and (6) The Mental Health Technology Bible. His 7th book, The Distracted Mind comes out in fall 2016 with MIT Press. He also writes an occasional technology column for the newspaper The National Psychologist and a regular blog for the magazine Psychology Today.

Dr. Rosen has been featured extensively in television, print and radio media and has been a commentator on The Daily Show, Good Morning America, NPR and CNN. He has been quoted in hundreds of magazines and newspapers including USA Today, the New York Times Newsweek, Time, the Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. He maintains an extremely active research program and his most recent publications include: (1) generational differences in technology use and multitasking, (2) integrating technology in education, (3) the impact of social networks on adolescents and parents, (4) online empathy, (5) the impact of task switching during studying and in the classroom and (6) the impact of texting language on English literacy. His current work involves testing a model to predict the impact of technology usage on sleep problems, college course performance and health.

Dr. Rosen has four children including one in the iGeneration, one in the Net Generation and two in Generation X and lives in San Diego, California. For “fun” he makes an annual Christmas gingerbread house extravaganza with his children, which is now in its 22nd year and creates works of art from a combination of old computer technology and early rock and roll music. In his free time (what free time?) he enjoys fiddling with the newest geek toy (currently his iPad3), body surfing, horse racing (watching and betting, not participating), going to independent movies, making his own wine and drinking coffee.

Entries by Dr. Larry Rosen

ADHD and Technology: Helping Our Children Reclaim Their Focus and Attention

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 1:36 PM

A recent New York Times piece by Richard A. Friedman entitled "A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D."caught my eye this past week as I am right in the middle of writing a book chapter about how technology impacts people who have a range of psychiatric disorders. In particular, my...

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Our Obsessive Relationship With Technology

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 5:18 PM

I am an inveterate people watcher, which is probably why I started college thinking that I was going to be a math teacher and ended up getting my degrees in psychology. For the past 30+ years, as I have studied the "psychology of technology" I have always taken a strongly...

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Keeping Your Family 'Brain Healthy' in an Always Connected World

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 11:41 AM

Recently, I delivered a daylong workshop to representatives of international schools at a conference in Mumbai, India, hosted by the American School of Bombay. The conference is called ASB Unplugged and this is my third appearance in the last three years with the audience being IT directors, administrators and teachers...

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You Don't Need a Digital Detox: You Just Need to Learn to Set Limits and Boundaries

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 11:26 AM

Just before I left on an eight-day road trip vacation, most often without a cell signal or wifi, I read with interest Matt Haber's New York Times article entitled, "A Trip to Camp to Break a Tech Addiction." I vowed to pay attention to my own feelings about...

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Game Changers But Not Brain Changers

(9) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

In her TEDTalk, Louise Leakey explained how archaeology has informed us about where we came from and, perhaps, where we are headed as a human species....

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It's Time to Be a Parent and Not a 'Secret Diary Reader': A Response to 'Cyberparenting and the Risk of T.M.I.'

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 7:47 PM

When I was a teenager, I remember that my sister, who is two years younger than I, kept a diary that she cleverly hid in her underwear drawer. Being a nosy older brother, and wanting to see if she wrote anything about me, I snuck into her room one day...

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How Much Technology Should You Let Your Child Use?

(9) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 11:43 AM

I recently read two articles that struck me in the way they examined the impact of technology on small children. In a New York Times article entitled, "The Child, the Tablet and the Developing Mind" Nick Bilton described watching his sister calm her four-year-old and seven-year-old children at...

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The TALK Model of Parenting High-Tech Children, Teens and Young Adults

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 3:30 PM

In a typical family system there should be a hierarchy of knowledge and power with the parents at the top and the children at the bottom. When it comes to technology, however, often that hierarchy gets turned upside down. When children know more about technology than their parents, parents can...

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Helping Your Children Study Amidst Distracting Technologies

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 10:44 AM

Recently, my research team observed nearly 300 middle school, high school and university students studying in their homes. To keep it simple, we asked them to study "something important" for only 15 minutes and told them that we would be sitting behind them and observing. This situation should have put...

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