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Sunday, March 15 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
We’re All ADHD: Social Media & Attention Disorders

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America is having trouble paying attention. As of 2011, 11% of children age 4-17 and 20% of college students had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, making it second only to asthma as the most commonly diagnosed long-term health disorder in young adults. But what if we’re doing it to ourselves? Social media has had countless unintended effects beyond the original utility of staying in touch with friends. In the past decade we’ve seen significant changes to our collective attention span, including differences in the way we conceptualize focus, self-regulation and executive functioning. Part of what we’re doing with all of that time on social media is curating the personal brands the majority of the outside world sees, which makes it harder to accept our limitations. We expect success and when we don’t achieve it, we look for quick solves that require minimal effort - like stimulant medications to help us focus. What if we're all ADHD?

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Lizz Pietrus

Assoc Dir, Mobile & Social Platforms, R/GA
Lizz has been leading social media, influencer engagement and content strategy initiatives for clients in the CPG, spirits and automotive industries since 2004. Prior to R/GA she lead the social media practice at Walton Isaacson, developing integrated plans to foster social community... Read More →
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Michael Pietrus PsyD

Staff Psychologist, University of Chicago - Student Counseling Services
Mike is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Senior Staff Psychologist at the University of Chicago Student Counseling Service, where he provides psychotherapy, consultation and assessment. He also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and directs the ADHD assessment... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Salon 7

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