It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies

New York Post

By Nicholas Kardaras

Susan* bought her 6-year-old son John an iPad when he was in first grade. “I thought, ‘Why not let him get a jump on things?’ ” she told me during a therapy session. John’s school had begun using the devices with younger and younger grades — and his technology teacher had raved about their educational benefits — so Susan wanted to do what was best for her sandy-haired boy who loved reading and playing baseball.

7 Important Reasons to Unplug and Find Space

Becoming Minimalist

By Joshua Becker

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” —Anne Lamott

Technology has some wonderful benefits. I use it almost every day. And I would never, ever argue against the responsible use of it.

However, that being said, it is becoming increasingly obvious that our world is developing an unhealthy attachment to it:

6 scientific benefits of being bored


By Rachel Gillett

"I'm bored!"

Never will you hear more exasperation in a child's voice than when they utter these words.

When we were kids, the very thought of being bored seemed insufferable.

But now, as adults, we've got so much going on in our lives — so many distractions, responsibilities, and technology at our fingertips to amuse ourselves with — that boredom just doesn't seem like an option anymore.

What Really Happens To Your Brain And Body During A Digital Detox

Fast Company

By Elizabeth Segran

We feel guilty that we’re constantly plugged in.

We sense that our smartphones are making us less focused, that constantly checking our email and Twitter is making us less productive, and more disconnected from our real lives. But what do we really knowabout how our devices are affecting us? We have plenty of anecdotes, but the science of how always-on technology impacts human behavior is still in its infancy.

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll On Children

The New York Times

By Jane E. Brody

Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens. The documentary “Web Junkie,” to be shown next Monday on PBS, highlights the tragic effects on teenagers who become hooked on video games, playing for dozens of hours at a time often without breaks to eat, sleep or even use the bathroom. Many come to view the real world as fake.

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

New York Times

By Nick Bilton

When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong. I was on the receiving end of a few of those calls. But nothing shocked me more than something Mr. Jobs said to me in late 2010 after he had finished chewing me out for something I had written about an iPad shortcoming.

It's an Itch That Can't Be Clicked

The New York Times - Movie Review

By A.O. Scott

In the course of procrastinating over a deadline — I mean conducting research for this review — I typed “Is Internet addiction real” into a Google window and received 29 million results and no conclusive answer. Some experts think the addiction model fits compulsive, time-sucking online behavior perfectly, while others are skeptical. After a while, I stopped reading to check for Twitter updates and take a quiz or two, but two hours later, I’m not ready to admit that I have a problem.

The Surprising Benefits of Boredom

Psychology Today

By Neel Burton M.D.

The modern concept of boredom goes back to the 19th century. For Erich Fromm and other thinkers, boredom was a response to industrial society, in which people are required to engage in alienated labor, and to the erosion of traditional structures of meaning.

The Bliss of Boredom

Dr. David Greenfield

How many times have parents heard the oft said phrase, “I’m Bored” from their child? Well it seems boredom has gone the way of the typewriter, record player, and the dial telephone. Boredom is now a vestige of days gone by and is at risk of extinction.