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Dr. Julie Albright, Author

Left To Their Own Devices 

Dr. Julie Albright is a Sociologist specializing in digital culture and communications;

She has a Masters Degree in Social and Systemic Studies from Nova SouthEastern University and a Dual Doctorate in Sociology and Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Albright is currently a Lecturer in the departments of Applied Psychology and Engineering at USC. Her research has focused on the growing intersection of technology and social / behavioral systems. 

She is a sought-after keynote speaker, having given talks for both C level executives and professional audiences for SAP, IBM Global, CS Week, the American Society of Petroleum Engineers, AESP, the Dept. of Defense, and Data Center Dynamics, among others.


She has also appeared as an expert on many national television programs including the Today Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, Nat Geo, CBS, Dr. Phil, NPR, and many others. She has also been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Time Magazine and Newsweek.

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Left To Their Own Devices

Young people brought up with the Internet, smartphones, and social media are quickly rendering old habits, values, behaviors, and norms a distant memory--creating the greatest generation gap in history. 

A sociologist explores the many ways that digital natives' interaction with technology has changed their relationship with people, places, jobs, and other stabilizing structures and created a new way of life that is at odds with the American Dream of past generations. 

Digital Natives Hacking The American Dream

In this eye-opening book, digital sociologist Julie M. Albright looks at the many ways in which younger people, facilitated by technology, are coming "untethered" from traditional aspirations and ideals, and asks:

What are the effects of being disconnected from traditional, stabilizing social structures like churches, marriage, political parties, and long-term employment? What does it mean to be human when one's ties to people, places, jobs, and societal institutions are weakened or broken, displaced by digital hyper-connectivity? 

Left To Their Own Devices