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Turning		
distractions		
into		
directions
Version	2.0!
Social Media + ADHD
Social	Media Is…
People
Platorms
Participation
And…
Please pay		
attention
!!!!!!!!!
The	HUUUUUGGGGGEEEE	
Social	ADHD	Connection
Or,	what	I	learned	through	attending	Triangle	Marketing	Club	Events
The	HUUUUUGGGGGEEEE	
Social	ADHD	Connection
Or,	what	I	learned	through	attending	Triangle	Marketing	Club	Events
Can	you	relate?
Information	
overload
“I think	most	
companies,	most	
human	beings— we	all	
have	a	hard	time	
focusing…	you	can’t	do	
everything	superbly."	–
Je...
Twezident
Is	that	really	
the	right	
question	to	
ask?
Virtual	ADD	is	spreading rapidly
“What	has	happened	in
society	is	we	now	have	
two	types	of		people	
with ADHD:"
Virtual	ADD	is	spreading rapidly
There	are	those	who’ve	
had	it	since	birth;	
Virtual	ADD	is	spreading rapidly
And	there’s	type	2 – it’s	
an	adult onset.
It	comes	from	
using the		
Internet.”
– Theodore Siggelakis
Virtual	ADD	is	spre...
AADD• “Acquired
Attention Deficit
Disorder”
• – Dr.	John	Rateyat,	Harvard University
AADD
“Acquired Attention
Deficit Disorder”
• – Dr.	John	Rateyat,	Harvard
University
Virtual ADD
• “Digitized	
Attention	Deficit
Disorder”
• – Grant	Crowell	(not	a doctor)
The	Advantages of	Virtual ADD
1. *Super-focused
2. Fast-thinking
3. Fast-talking
4. Thinking	outside	the
box
5. Entreprene...
Examples of	Virtual	ADHD	on	Social	Media
Time	Mis-Management
• Easily	distracted
• Not	tackling	priority tasks
• Incessant...
Examples of	Virtual	ADHD	on	Social	Media
Social	Misbehaviors
• Over--disclosing	
• Making	inappropriate or		detrimental	im...
YouTube	is	a	Shopping Mall
YouTube	is	a	Shopping Mall
• Imagine	each	store	as	a single		
YouTube channel
• Many	people	enter	a	YouTube in		
“just	bro...
LET’S	ASK	A	COUPLE	OF	EXPERTS
• Licensed	Clinical Psychologist
• Associate	Psychologist	at	Sari Solden,		
Private Practice
• Specializes	in	working	with...
Why	ADHD	individuals	are	more		
susceptible	to	digital	distractions	and		
Internet	addiction	than	those
without:
Why	ADHD	individuals	are	more		
susceptible	to	digital	distractions	and		
Internet	addiction	than	those
without:
An	indivi...
Why	ADHD	individuals	are	more		
susceptible	to	digital	distractions	and		
Internet	addiction	than	those
without:
An	indivi...
Why	ADHD	individuals	are	more		
susceptible	to	digital	distractions	and		
Internet	addiction	than	those
without:
An	indivi...
Why	ADHD	individuals	are	more		
susceptible	to	digital	distractions	and		
Internet	addiction	than	those
without:
An	indivi...
Technology	gives	the	brain	a	shot		
of dopamine
“The	ADHD	brain	is	one	that	struggles	with		
motivation,	activation,	organ...
STILL,	MUCH	RESEARCH	
NEEDS	TO	BE	DONE…
“The	truth	is,	we	don’t	have	clear--cut		
answers	yet	that	are	widely	agreed		
upo...
The	problems	most	often	cited	by	Dr.	Franks’		
clients	and	their	spouses	or	families	have	to	
do		with	a	few	key areas:
1....
erictivers.com
• Owner	of	Tivers	Clinical Specialties
• Licensed	Therapist,	Coach, Consultant.
• Specializes	in	ADHD,	Aspe...
“Social	media,	Internet	
distractibility	– all	of	these	
hyper-connected	aspects	of	
our	modern	world	can	
create	behavior...
“I	think	it’s	important	to	
draw	distinctions	between	
things	that	look	like	ADHD	
and	things	that	are	ADHD.	
ADHD	by	its	...
However,	this	doesn’t	mean	
that	people	with	look-alike	
syndromes	can’t	benefit	
from	the	things	that	help	
us.
SOCIAL	HEALTH	AND	SUCCESS	
TIPS
Mastering	Virtual	ADD	in	The	Social	Age
MEDITATE
AWARENESS
checkyapp.com
checkyapp.com
SIMPLIFY
TURN	OFF	NOTIFICATIONS
“I	turn	off	all	
notifications	when	I	go	
into	my	"work	zone.
For	me,	it's	about	doing	
one	day	a	week	of	
nothing	but	mee...
FasterThanNormal.com
Work	
offline
FOLLOW
ONE
COURSE
UNTIL
SUCCESS
CAPTURE	AND	PROCESS
TIME	MANAGEMENT
DON’T	SUFFER	FROM	TIME	BLINDNESS!
easily editable
Caato.de
BETTER	COMMUNICATION	AND	
RELATIONSHIPS
PLAY
GRANTASMS
GREAT	SOCIALY	ADD	RESOURCES
TotallyADD.com
Build	Your	Emotional	
Intelligence
Want	More	Nuts?
•bit.ly/adhdlinksbygrant
/grantcrowell
@grantcrowell
grantast
soundcloud.com/grant-crowell
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Presentation from the Triangle Marketing Club event on January 31st at The Knowledge Tree in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Does being on Social Media make you easily distracted, impulsive, over-emotional? Do you engage in risky and self-destructive behavior? Does your multi-tasking become more like messy tasking? Do you sometimes feel the technology is disrupting your ability to get things done? Do conversations online seem to take a wrong turn because of missed social cues? Do you just sometimes feel like a “digital douche?"

Join Triangle Marketing Club in January as Social Media expert Grant Crowell shares his experiences of managing Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) in multiple workplace environments, along with his research and findings gathered from top ADHD experts on how marketing professionals can be successful and happy working in a “Virtual ADD” world.”

What you'll learn at this event:

• The connection between Social Media and ADD – is there one?

• How to manage Social media use and still stay focused, organized, and effective with your professional responsibilities.

• How to learn the hard-to-find social cues in digital media, and make more thoughtful communications that lead to less misunderstandings, and better relationships.

• Stories from successful marketing professionals who've mastered their own ADD.

• Apps, tools and tips for how to manage ADD for a healthy and happy social life!

Grant Crowell is the Social Media Marketing Manager for Lulu.com and a Certified YouTube Audience Development Manager; and has worked in online video and social media for companies including Swiffer, Olay, CDW, Sears, Tubular Labs and the College Foundation of North Carolina. He is also the producer and host of the Super Socialize ME! show on SoundCloud – sharing "soft skills for a hard digital world" while managing ADHD.

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Social Media and ADHD: Turns Distractions Into Directions! (Version 2)

  1. 1. Turning distractions into directions Version 2.0! Social Media + ADHD
  2. 2. Social Media Is… People Platorms Participation And…
  3. 3. Please pay attention !!!!!!!!!
  4. 4. The HUUUUUGGGGGEEEE Social ADHD Connection Or, what I learned through attending Triangle Marketing Club Events
  5. 5. The HUUUUUGGGGGEEEE Social ADHD Connection Or, what I learned through attending Triangle Marketing Club Events
  6. 6. Can you relate?
  7. 7. Information overload
  8. 8. “I think most companies, most human beings— we all have a hard time focusing… you can’t do everything superbly." – Jeffrey Slater, TheMarketingSage.com
  9. 9. Twezident
  10. 10. Is that really the right question to ask?
  11. 11. Virtual ADD is spreading rapidly
  12. 12. “What has happened in society is we now have two types of people with ADHD:" Virtual ADD is spreading rapidly
  13. 13. There are those who’ve had it since birth; Virtual ADD is spreading rapidly
  14. 14. And there’s type 2 – it’s an adult onset. It comes from using the Internet.” – Theodore Siggelakis Virtual ADD is spreading rapidly
  15. 15. AADD• “Acquired Attention Deficit Disorder” • – Dr. John Rateyat, Harvard University
  16. 16. AADD “Acquired Attention Deficit Disorder” • – Dr. John Rateyat, Harvard University
  17. 17. Virtual ADD • “Digitized Attention Deficit Disorder” • – Grant Crowell (not a doctor)
  18. 18. The Advantages of Virtual ADD 1. *Super-focused 2. Fast-thinking 3. Fast-talking 4. Thinking outside the box 5. Entrepreneurial ADHD Social Business World 1. Technology-driven 2. Fast-paced 3. Multitasking 4. Need for speed 5. Always-on 6. Always-changing 7. Quickly pivot
  19. 19. Examples of Virtual ADHD on Social Media Time Mis-Management • Easily distracted • Not tackling priority tasks • Incessant task-switching makes it difficult for “deep work.” • Aversion to starting and finishing “imbore-tant” work. • Hyper-focusing on getting one thing “perfect” when we have to accept simply getting all of our things “done” (and on time).
  20. 20. Examples of Virtual ADHD on Social Media Social Misbehaviors • Over--disclosing • Making inappropriate or detrimental impulsive comments. • Sharing inappropriate photos over text. • Trolling & Cyber-bullying • Decreased engagement in face--to--face interactions or physical activities.
  21. 21. YouTube is a Shopping Mall
  22. 22. YouTube is a Shopping Mall • Imagine each store as a single YouTube channel • Many people enter a YouTube in “just browsing” mode. • Even those with a clear (shopping) goal, YouTube’s “Suggested videos” distract people from their original goal. • The result: user straying into other stores, continuously. Way more time is spent than one planned on.
  23. 23. LET’S ASK A COUPLE OF EXPERTS
  24. 24. • Licensed Clinical Psychologist • Associate Psychologist at Sari Solden, Private Practice • Specializes in working with teens, adults, and families navigate challenges related to ADHD and similar disorders.
  25. 25. Why ADHD individuals are more susceptible to digital distractions and Internet addiction than those without:
  26. 26. Why ADHD individuals are more susceptible to digital distractions and Internet addiction than those without: An individual with ADHD has structural, functional, and chemical differences than a nuerotypical brain, which includes:
  27. 27. Why ADHD individuals are more susceptible to digital distractions and Internet addiction than those without: An individual with ADHD has structural, functional, and chemical differences than a nuerotypical brain, which includes: • Less dopamine and norepinephrine, both key ingredients to reward and motivation.
  28. 28. Why ADHD individuals are more susceptible to digital distractions and Internet addiction than those without: An individual with ADHD has structural, functional, and chemical differences than a nuerotypical brain, which includes: • Less dopamine and norepinephrine, both key ingredients to reward and motivation. • Less aversion to consequences, and;
  29. 29. Why ADHD individuals are more susceptible to digital distractions and Internet addiction than those without: An individual with ADHD has structural, functional, and chemical differences than a nuerotypical brain, which includes: • Less dopamine and norepinephrine, both key ingredients to reward and motivation. • Less aversion to consequences, and; • Lower ability to activate and regulate behavior as well as emotion.
  30. 30. Technology gives the brain a shot of dopamine “The ADHD brain is one that struggles with motivation, activation, organizing behaviors, managing time, and maintaining focus. "You can easily make the connection between ADHD and the obstacles that highly engaging and stimulating technologies may pose. Because of the highly stimulating nature of video games, social media, and the like, it quickly and easily engages the brain.”
  31. 31. STILL, MUCH RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE DONE… “The truth is, we don’t have clear--cut answers yet that are widely agreed upon about the effects of this evolution into a more integrated digital era. ”
  32. 32. The problems most often cited by Dr. Franks’ clients and their spouses or families have to do with a few key areas: 1. Amount of time spent on digital technologies. 2. Difficulty transitioning off of the technology to tackle a priority task. 3. Being distracted and using technology to procrastinate. 4. Impulsivity particularly regarding comments made and pictures sent or posted on social media and texting.
  33. 33. erictivers.com • Owner of Tivers Clinical Specialties • Licensed Therapist, Coach, Consultant. • Specializes in ADHD, Asperger's & Autism • Podcast Producer and Host, “ADHD ReWired.” • Manages several Facebook Pages and Groups for ADHD members, a Zoom group, and a Google+ Hangouts group
  34. 34. “Social media, Internet distractibility – all of these hyper-connected aspects of our modern world can create behaviors, impulses, that can look like ADHD; but I think saying that social media creates or causes ADHD is a line that concerns me because there is already so much misinformation about ADHD.
  35. 35. “I think it’s important to draw distinctions between things that look like ADHD and things that are ADHD. ADHD by its nature is a developmental delay; and until the scientific literature says otherwise, I think it’s important to make that distinction.
  36. 36. However, this doesn’t mean that people with look-alike syndromes can’t benefit from the things that help us.
  37. 37. SOCIAL HEALTH AND SUCCESS TIPS Mastering Virtual ADD in The Social Age
  38. 38. MEDITATE
  39. 39. AWARENESS
  40. 40. checkyapp.com
  41. 41. checkyapp.com
  42. 42. SIMPLIFY
  43. 43. TURN OFF NOTIFICATIONS
  44. 44. “I turn off all notifications when I go into my "work zone. For me, it's about doing one day a week of nothing but meetings, and four days a week of going into my zone to write, work, etc., where I'm not interrupted.” – Peter Shankman, Shankminds.com and Faster Than Normal podcast
  45. 45. FasterThanNormal.com
  46. 46. Work offline
  47. 47. FOLLOW ONE COURSE UNTIL SUCCESS
  48. 48. CAPTURE AND PROCESS
  49. 49. TIME MANAGEMENT DON’T SUFFER FROM TIME BLINDNESS!
  50. 50. easily editable Caato.de
  51. 51. BETTER COMMUNICATION AND RELATIONSHIPS
  52. 52. PLAY
  53. 53. GRANTASMS
  54. 54. GREAT SOCIALY ADD RESOURCES
  55. 55. TotallyADD.com
  56. 56. Build Your Emotional Intelligence
  57. 57. Want More Nuts? •bit.ly/adhdlinksbygrant
  58. 58. /grantcrowell @grantcrowell grantast soundcloud.com/grant-crowell

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