Highlights from S4 of our digital detox podcast

Digital Detox Podcast: It's Complicated launches Season 3

25 Aug Highlights from S4 of our digital detox podcast

During lockdown we’ve carried on producing episodes of our digital detox podcast. One of the most addictive features of our smartphones are their blue-light producing screens, so as part of your focus on digital wellbeing we’ve always suggested you rest your eyes by listening to podcasts. Your brain is absorbed, but you’re not looking at a screen – leaving your hands and eyes free to get a lot more done. So far in Season Four we’d like to suggest checking out the following episodes:

#1 Olympian Pete Reed OBE on Resilience {Listen here}

Pete Reed kicked the season off with a bang discussing disability, ableism, activism and more. Olympic rower Reed had a spinal stroke late last year and is still in rehab, recovering from a life-altering injury. One that, especially for an Olympic gold medalist, has changed his day-to-day and outlook. Yet he continues to be relentlessly positive and to use technology, Instagram in particular, to raise awareness of disability. Reed has always been an advocate of logging off, recommending it in his ‘AthleteAdvice’ on Instagram but also knows how useful it is as a tool. Like all of us, he’s always trying to maintain a healthy balance.


#2 Grace Beverly on Inclusivity {Listen here}

Next on the podcast was entrepreneur Grace Beverley. Founder and CEO of three multi-million pound fitness businesses at the age of 23 (B_ND, Tala and Shreddy), in Forbes 30 Under 30 and Young Entrepreneur of the year. Beverly joined us to talk about inclusivity and diversity in the fitness industry, and how she’s carving out her own path of what business success looks like. Especially as a young woman who sometimes struggles to be taken seriously by other business leaders.

#3 Memes and Mental Health {Listen here}

The creator of @NickCaveAndTheBadMemes, Dave Tarnowski sat down with our founder, Tanya to talk about his use of social media. His memes are hilarious, but they have a deeper meaning behind them. Tarnowski uses them to create relatable content about mental health which he continues on his Insta stories where he offers relatable advice Agony-Aunt-style. He has created a community of those who offer each other support through their mental health issues, and though he never seems to log off (!) he’s making social media work for him in wholly positive way.

#4 Fake News with Prof Emily Bell {Listen here}

Emily Bell is Professor of Professional Practice at the Columbia School of Journalism and Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. She joined us on the digital detox podcast to talk about the impact that technology is having on our ability to find out what’s really going on in the world. Algorithms are increasingly rewarding worse and more extreme behaviour, both in politics and in other parts of our world. This encourages the spread of misinformation (and disinformation) which has been particularly rife during the pandemic. Bell addresses how we can possibly get a grip on the truth and get the accurate and unbiased news we need.

#5 Jack Edwards and Vee Kativhu on The StudyTube Project {Listen here}

In the final episode of the first half of Season 4, Jack Edwards and Vee Kativhu sat down with us to talk about their ‘StudyTube Project’. This project is a channel supported by ‘StudyTubers’ who post educational videos on it daily in an attempt to fill the vacuum left when schools went online during lockdown earlier this year, leaving many children without teaching. They both also discuss their experience as influencers and their responsibility in being a role model for black and state-educated young people especially.

We’ve got a few more episodes to go before we finish this season and then we’re starting planning for Season Five in the autumn. if there’s any person or subject you’d like us to cover please do get in touch at podcast {at} itstimetologoff.com. We’d love to hear from you.

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