David Ryan Polgar abides by the Leonardo da Vinci maxim that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. As a writer (columnist and author of Wisdom in the Age of Twitter), attorney, and college professor (Lincoln College of New England), Polgar applies a two-sided brain approach to problems with both creative and analytic thinking. Considering issues from a multidisciplinary framework, he strives to boil down complex issues into straightforward analogies. Examples include creative branding strategies for Entrepreneur (“Would You Date Your Brand?”) and his TEDx topic of Mental Obesity.
Polgar’s main focus is to investigate the ways that our current tech usage affects our brain, relationships, critical thinking, and conversational skills. His approach is as a tech ethicist—considering the legal, ethical, emotional, and sociological issues surrounding our relationship to technology. He recently teamed up with noted Cyber Psychologist Dr. David Greenfield to co-found the site Overplugged.org.
The impetus for getting involved in this issue was when Polgar started hearing phantom rings. Sensing that his over-reliance on technology was getting in the way of his ability to reflect and have quality thoughts, he sought to create a balanced approach that embraced both technology and moments of calm. Viewing tech consumption in a similar manner to how we view diet and exercise, Polgar has created a “Mental Food Plate” as an approach to achieving deeper levels of thinking.