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A fascinating way to show hyper-distracted people that you can do more if you do less. --Julie Fagan, M. D., Clinical Services Chief, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

Great tactical advice for businesses large and small that are coping with the distractions of the digital age. --Seth W. Hall, Vice President, Customer Service, Philadelphia Insurance Companies

I read your book on the plane. It s a JEWEL. I learned a lot, wrote down changes I will make in my daily habits. ... It s an easy, intelligent, well-researched, sensible book that is smart. --Susan RoAne, bestselling author of How to Work a Room and Face to Face: How to Reclaim the Personal Touch in a Digital World

About the Author

Joanne Cantor, Ph.D., President of Your Mind on Media, is an award-winning professor, speaker, and researcher and an internationally recognized expert on the psychology of media and communications. After 26 years as a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she stepped out of the college classroom so that she could spread the conclusions of her research more widely. She knows that television, computers, video games, Blackberries, and the rest of our electronic appendages are profoundly affecting us in ways the average person can't see. Her entertaining and eye-opening presentations combine psychology, the latest in brain research, amusing anecdotes, and sound practical advice for being more productive and creative with our time, keeping our own sanity, and raising healthy, happy children. Over her career, Dr. Cantor has produced almost 100 scholarly publications. She has also previously written a highly acclaimed parenting book, Mommy, I'm Scared, and a children's book, Teddy's TV Troubles. Her research has received much public attention. She has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, and many other national television programs. She has testified repeatedly before Congress and the FCC, and is frequently quoted in the national press. She is currently Professor Emerita and Director of the Center for Communication Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives with her husband near Madison, Wisconsin. For more information, visit her website at cyberoverload.com
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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: CyberOutlook Press; first edition (December 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984256806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984256808
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,081,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanne Cantor, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert on the psychology of media and communications. She is Professor Emerita and Director of the Center for Communication Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was an award-winning professor for 26 years.

Through her consulting firm, Your Mind on Media, she gives keynote presentations and workshops to business, professional, and educational organizations on productivity, creativity, and stress reduction.

Dr. Cantor is the author of the highly acclaimed parenting book, Mommy, I'm Scared, a children's book, Teddy's TV Troubles, and most recently, Conquer CyberOverload, a book for just about everyone. She has also published more than 100 articles in academic and popular journals.

In recognition of her expertise, Dr. Cantor has testified on numerous occasions before US Congressional committees as well as the Federal Communications Commission.

Joanne enjoys speaking before non-academic audiences and has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows including Oprah, Good Morning America, and several NPR programs.

Dr. Cantor is a member of the Authors Guild, the National Speakers Association, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the International Communication Association. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. degree. She received her M.A. from the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charlene Rubush VINE VOICE on March 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Joanne Cantor admits it in her preface. "I'm a recovering cyber-addict." Who better to help the rest of us, who are increasingly becoming "cyber-overloaded." The author has a background in studying social, cognitive, and physiological psychology.

She is the founder of "Your Mind on Media," which provides keynotes and workshops to businesses and associations whose members are struggling to balance their desire to receive information, entertainment, and connectedness with cyberspace, with their need to remain creative, productive, and psychologically healthy (p.viii).

She notes that her two most popular presentations are:

* You've Got Too Much Mail- Preserving Productivity Under Information Overload.
* This is Your Mind on Media- Staying Sane in a Crazy Culture.

In her introduction, she gives five questions to ask yourself, to determine if you are suffering from CyberOverload. She writes that "CyberOverload" happens when our gadgets and constant electronic linkages interfere with our ability to "lead the life we want." (p.xi).

Some Chapter titles include:

* How the Digital Revolution Changed Everything.
* Now Where Was I? -Why Multitasking is Counterproductive
* I'm Drowning in It- How Information Overload Blocks Creativity
* That's Entertainment?- Why We're So Stressed Out.
* Yes, You Can- Taking Charge of Your Gadgets and Reclaiming Your Life

This terrific, easy to read book is chock full of practical steps for overcoming cyberoverload. Each chapter begins with a quote. Chapter Four starts with "Anxiety is so high now that normal samples of children from the 1980's outscore psychiatric populations from the 1950's."- Jean Twenge (2000).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Allen on February 16, 2010
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The more that technology connects us, the more disconnected (distracted) we can get, which negatively impacts our stress level, personal down time, and quality time with loved ones. Cantor cites much research that shows how little our brain can process when do try to do certain types of tasks at the same time (also known as multitasking, but in reality is task-switching). She also gives suggestions and practical ideas at the end of each chapter in table summaries on such things as how to manage our high-tech devices, and keep email and other interruptions from impeding progress on the things we try to accomplish. These summaries help you use the knowledge you've learned in a practical manner.

Conquer CyberOverload is a small book. At less than 100 pages, you can read it in an hour or so, which is perfect for short attention spans. You can find a detailed version of my book review with insights I've highlighted from each chapter. Look for "It's Time to Unplug" at my blog: dareesinsights (dot) wordpress (dot) com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Bartlein on November 13, 2010
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Feeling overloaded? Then this book is the quick read to help you simplify. Full of current research on the effects of technology on our lives, it offers practical, easy to implement ideas to de-stress and become more productive. It addresses the myths of multi-tasking and how to handle interruptions while boosting your brain activity. Chocked full of information for anyone who feels that technology has made their life more complicated!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kinza Christenson on June 24, 2010
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This is the book we've been waiting for! It's a MUST read for all who are trying to survive this "Age of Anxiety." Great for stressed multi-taskers on cyber overload. I also loved the findings also on how television violence affects us and how our brains process information overload. Research-based, quotations and simplicity provided eye-opening information in an easy read format. This makes a great gift for Gen-Xers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven King on September 23, 2011
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Review by Steven King, MBA, MEd
Perhaps my tardiness in writing this review will affirm I suffer from cyber-addiction--or at the very least--cyber-overload. Earlier today, I read on my LinkedIn feed that FaceBook would probably unveil a new app for the iPad. This seemed like good news since I regularly check my FaceBook via my desktop computer, laptop, iPad, and Android. I agreed to write a review for Dr. Joanne Cantor a few years ago...once I received the book, I read it from cover to cover and then promptly placed the desire to write the review considerably down my list of priorities. I have a confession, on any given day, cyber addiction rules my life.

[Sorry Dr. Cantor, I hope the fact I earned a MEd during my truancy will offset my tardiness.]

Conquer CyberOverload: Get More Done, Boost Your Creativity, and Reduce Stress was written for technology junkies like me. Who, despite their best efforts, find themselves immersed in a quagmire of technology and cannot always say they have put in a full day, whenever they're asked. Maybe cyber-addiction is synonymous with cyber-ADD. Let me put down my Xbox controller and continue writing this review...

Dr. Cantor writes eloquently of a mantra that I believe every middle school, high school, and college student should read: multitasking is impossible for the human brain. Her expert analysis of what should be referred to as 'task switching' illustrates why I had to grade such bizarre papers during my tenure as a public educator. It seems that the brain rapidly switches between tasks and when we stretch ourselves among a few choices our efforts struggle. Trying to do more than one thing at a time causes our working memory to review what was done earlier to remind us of 'where' we left off.
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