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Dr. Kimberly Young

Dr. Young

Note from August:  It is with sadness that we share news of the passing earlier this year of Dr. Kimberly Young.
She actually created the concept of Internet addiction, back in 1995, before the internet was what it is today.  Dr. Young devoted her professional career to helping people understand the implications of too much time spent online and developed guidelines for parents on how and when to introduce technology to their kids.
Kimberly Young had a huge influence on us at here at Tech Wellness and her guidance helped us shape our approach to helping people find balance with technology. Her internet addiction quiz is available here on the site and we’re currently using her guidelines as a key component of a new Kids and Technology Guide that we will be publishing very soon… and dedicating to Dr. Young.


Dr. Young was a trailblazer in a field that's grows in importance every day. She identified internet addiction when most of the online world was still trying to figure out Compuserve and AOL. She was a thought leader before the term became popular. Even through a long battle with cancer Dr. Young continued to lead the way with treatment programs, resources for diagnosing internet and device addiction and teaching.

Her observations and solutions to balanced and healthy tech use are shared throughout the Tech Wellness site- we continue to find her invaluable perspective on the Tech Effect of screen time extremely helpful and important.

Dr. Kimberly Young was a licensed psychologist and an internationally known expert on Internet addiction. She founded the Center for Internet Addiction in 1995 and was a professor at St. Bonaventure University publishing numerous articles and books including as Caught in the Net, the first to identify Internet addiction, Tangled in the Web, Breaking Free of the Web, and Internet addiction: A Handbook and Guide for Evaluation and Treatment. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, CNN, CBS News, Fox News, Good Morning America, and ABC’s World News Tonight. She received the Psychology in the Media Award from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Alumni Ambassador Award for Outstanding Achievement from Indiana University at Pennsylvania. She served on the advisory board for The Internet Group in Toronto and the Japanese Ministry for the prevention and treatment of Internet Addiction.

Dr. Young founded the first US-based inpatient hospital clinic for Internet Addiction at the Bradford Regional Medical Center and she created the 3-6-9-12 Screen Smart Parenting Guidelines the first parenting guidelines based on the developmental age of the child (ages 3-6-9-12 and beyond).

She testified for the Child Online Protection Act Congressional Commission and she has been a keynote speaker at the European Union of Health and Medicine, the International Conference on Digital Culture in Seoul, Korea, the US Army War College in Pennsylvania, and the First International Congress on Internet Addiction Disorders in Milan, Italy. She also served on the National Academy of Sciences panel for the Digital Media and Developing Minds colloquia.

Recently she consulted the Department of Transportation on cellphone distraction will driving.

She was on the editorial board of the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, the American Journal of Family Therapy, Addicta: The Turkish Journal of Addiction, the International Journal of Cyber Crime and Criminal Justice, and on the advisory board of CyberPsychology: Journal for Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, and a member of the American Psychological Association.

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