Tanya Goodin is a trailblazing author, a campaigner on technology ethics and digital wellbeing, a pioneering thinker, and the founder of the digital detox movement ‘Time To Log Off’.
Tanya Goodin has published three successful books on our relationships with tech, which have been translated into over 10 languages, and she hosts the popular podcast It’s Complicated. Tanya regularly contributes to print media, writing on digital wellbeing, tech ethics, detoxing, screen/life balance, artificial intelligence, and cyber safety.
Tanya is now an inspiring keynote speaker, offering insightful talks to businesses and schools in corporate, public and private settings. She aims to help everyone forge a happier and healthier relationship with digital devices and technology.
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Tanya Goodin holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Oxford and is currently reading for an MPhil in AI Ethics from the University of Cambridge.
She is a proficient entrepreneur, having founded Tamar, one of the UK’s first digital marketing agencies, in 1995, where she was CEO until 2017. Impressively, Tamar was founded three years before Google was, and was the first digital agency to win Agency of the Year by the Financial Services Authority, now known as the Financial Conduct Authority. Through this agency, Tanya worked with blue chip companies, including Tesco Bank, Compare the Market, Boohoo, Bravissimo, RBS, The Prince’s Trust, and TeamGB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In 2013, she founded Time To Log Off, the UK’s first digital detox and wellbeing movement, where she helps individuals and companies to better their technology relationships. Then in 2017, Tanya co-founded the Digital Wellness Initiative, a global organisation that brings together experts and thought leaders to advocate for policy on the healthy use of technology.
Tanya Goodin’s expertise has seen her presenting evidence to the UK House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee, the All-Party Parliamentary Groups, and educational establishments on the impact social media, technology, and screens can have on young people’s mental health.
In 2019, Tanya launched her It’s Complicated podcast and has since recorded seven series. It features Tanya talking to academics, experts and high-profile celebrities on how they can help listeners with their relationship to smartphones, particularly focussing on how screens affect our work life, mental health, and sex life.
She is also an expert commentator on television, radio and print media. She has appeared on programmes, including BBC Woman’s Hour, BBC Breakfast, Sky News, ITN’s London Tonight, the BBC Money programme, BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service, and Talk RADIO. Her writing has been featured in The Sun, The Express, The Guardian, The London Evening Standard, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Huffington Post, The Independent, Good Housekeeping, Marketing Week, Red Magazine, and Travel and Leisure.
Tanya has published three successful books on humanity’s relationships with technology. The first, OFF: Your Digital Detox for a Better Life, came out in 2017 and provided advice for all ages on switching off and creating a better tech relationship; this was followed up in 2018 with Stop Staring at Screens, a handbook on living happily with screens at home; and then My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open in 2021, looking at realistic ways to alleviate the negative impacts tech can have on us.
“I’ve transitioned from tech pioneer, with 25 years at the digital coalface, to digital canary. And spent the last decade warning about the coming danger. Now I want to help everyone survive the avalanche of problems that threatens to engulf us.”
Tanya is an in-demand keynote speaker, providing anecdotes and key advice on balancing our technology relationship in the workplace and our personal lives. She is a highly experienced speaker on the topic of digital detox, as well as digital and mental wellbeing.
With over 20 years of speaking experience, Tanya has appeared at client events, corporate training sessions, team wellbeing days, workshops, virtual conferences, festivals, and product launches. She has spoken to small audiences at intimate events and audiences of thousands at global conferences.
Tanya has been a school speaker for over 10 years, speaking to junior and senior school pupils, their parents, and school staff members. Her educational talks revolve around online safety, cyberbullying, the comparison culture, good digital citizenship, online addictions, gaming, the attention economy, and mental health.
– Managing screens for a healthy work-life balance
– Is it time for a digital detox?
– How to log off
– Screens and mental health: how much is too much?
– How to break up with your phone
– Time to log off? What we know about screen overuse and the brain
– Getting a better balance with screens
– It’s complicated: untangling our relationships with tech
– Wellness in the age of the smartphone
– Managing your digital footprint
– Teens and screens
– Screens and mental health
– Digital citizenship
– Living with robots: the challenges of AI
– Relying on the digital world when home working
Tanya is passionate about sharing her expertise and often provides full or part-funded talks and visits to a number of eligible organisations annually through her Canary Fund.
Clients: Nomura, Siemens, Standard Chartered, Vodafone, AON, Economist Group, Eversheds
Tanya´s combination of science, research, guidance and advice was clear, accessible, fascinating and entertaining. Feedback from our colleagues has been very positive and many of our teams are now using that advice to improve their work environment and interaction. An hour spent in Tanya´s company was a great investment, and I have no hesitation in recommending her to other companies and organizations.”
Head of Corporate Affairs, Siemens Gamesa
“Tanya spoke at our General Counsel Forum to our senior clients on digital wellbeing. She engaged very effectively with what could potentially have been a cynical or challenging audience and delivered a serious message in a relaxed manner, generating a range of questions and demonstrating her depth of knowledge through Q&As. She was most definitely a hit and I have no hesitation in recommending her.”
Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
“Tanya’s talk was engaging and interactive and generated lots of questions and discussion from the pupils, I would have no hesitation in recommending Tanya to other schools.”
Head of Year, St Paul’s Girls’ School
“Tanya is a joy to work with. She is an expert in the field of tech-life balance, a subject that is relevant for all employees to be reflecting about in today’s fast-paced connected world. Tanya delivered a session for International Women’s Week that resonated across 20 markets and different job roles. As a client, I found Tanya to be flexible, evidence-based, credible – but most importantly – she made us laugh.”
Talent & Diversity Senior Manager, Vodafone
“We were hugely impressed with Tanya’s presentation to our Year 8 pupils and a separate session to parents. Tanya has a wealth of experience to share, and she conveys her knowledge and digital wisdom engagingly and with authority. We look forward to welcoming her back to our school in the near future.”
Deputy Head, Magdalen College School
“The feedback from Tanya’s digital detox keynote at our client dinner has been excellent. It was definitely an enjoyable evening for all who attended. I was asked a few times – “How did you find Tanya? She was so good, she pitched it at just the right level”. Others were sure it was going to be anti-tech and were pleasantly surprised. She really made the evening memorable.”
Managing Director, Aon
“I’ve had the pleasure of having Tanya speak twice now for me in a corporate setting and both times she has been exceptional. Her ability to command an audience and bring stories to life is second to none. Her talks are engaging and very relevant. I would have no hesitation in recommending her as a speaker and am looking forward to future engagements.”
Head of Information Security
“We have had some fantastic feedback from Tanya’s talk at the Big Retreat Festival, a few stating it has been life-changing for them. I really hope she can join us again next year!”
Co-Founder, The Big Retreat Festival
What can I say about Tanya? We couldn’t have asked for a better presenter for a top like digital detox, which is so relevant to most adults. Tanya is insightful, fun, full of content and makes her points in a very effective and thought-provoking way. She had her audience’s attention throughout with her easy presenting style and left very practical and achievable tips to improve our wellbeing, as well as pushing across some bigger challenges. I would have no hesitation in recommending Tanya for content/presentations on this topic.
Managing Director, Standard Chartered Bank
The feedback we have had from Tanya’s session was just how brilliant she was. The host found her professional and knowledgeable, other sources have told us that they felt they got lots of takeaways with lots of top tips. It was also incredibly well attended.
Head of Programming, StylistLIVE
Tanya gave a talk to our year 6, 7 and 8s on navigating the digital world. The messages given to the pupils were clear, sensible and reinforced everything that we have been teaching them through form time and PSHCE lessons. Her presentations to the parents in the evening on ‘Teens and Screens’ was spot on! It was lively, entertaining and full of practical advice which the parents found very informative. In this fast-moving digital world, parents were delighted to hear from an expert giving some helpful tips to ensure that their children use technology in a healthy and sensible manner.
Deputy Head (Pastoral), Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls
Tanya gave a superb talk on “digital detoxing” to our virtual partners’ conference a few days ago. The audience is traditionally a sceptical one, to put it mildly. Tanya was excellent. Her delivery was calm, measured and well-judged and her content first class. The talk at our virtual networking after the conference was of little else. We have all been doing our best to bear Tanya’s advice in mind and to put some of her tips into practice – with, inevitably, varying degrees of success. It can sometimes be a little too glib to give a glowing online recommendation, but I would thoroughly recommend Tanya. Her presentation was thoughtful, practical, well-crafted and intelligently made.
Deputy Senior Partner, Russell-Cooke Solicitors