Articles containing: technology

Living With Technology – Shrinking It Down

Technology. Some days it feels like we can’t live with it, but in today’s world we certainly can’t live without it. And what’s the mental health impact on our kids and teens who seem consumed by their smartphones and other digital media 24/7?

The short answer is: It’s a gray area.

Gaming Disorder – Shrinking It Down

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Apps That Got Me Through School

April 17, 2018

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Like many millennials, I consider myself an early adopter of new technology. I happen to own an iPhone, so I find myself pleasantly scrolling through the “Today” column on the Apple App Store. I am constantly mesmerized by the listing of new apps, their functional features, and the colorful images used to put them on display.

Emerging Technologies and the Frontiers of Autism Research

March 26, 2018

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Many parents these days are worried about their children’s use of digital media. One of the most common concerns is that using tablets and smartphones to communicate with others will result in loss of social skills.

There Are All Sorts of Ways of Making Things Better

January 26, 2018

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Things might seem kind of awful lately.

Every news headline, from every corner of American ideology, feels pretty depressing.  We are subjected to nihilistic rants or apocalyptic predictions.  When do we smile? When our late-night talk-show hosts use our negativity for comedic material.  I’ll admit it.

“You would do it if you loved me.” Teens, Coercive Relationships, and Digital Media

December 12, 2017

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You would have to be completely unplugged to have missed the heightened reports of sexually coercive behavior among celebrities, prominent media figures, and politicians. Indeed, the seemingly sudden explosion of public knowledge of these deplorable actions might lead you to believe that we are encountering a new phenomenon.

Teen Driving Study Reveals “App and Drive” is New Danger Among Teens, New Worry for Parents

August 1, 2016

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BOSTON, August 1, 2016 – Teens have been inundated with messages about the dangers of texting while driving over the past several years—and while this message is still vitally important, texting is not the only danger popping up on their smartphone.

TV Doesn’t (Necessarily) Make Kids Fat

Here are three recent headlines that got me thinking:

“Watching one hour of TV per day increases risk for obesity by 50%”

“Watching TV for Just an Hour a Day Can Make Children Obese”

“Study makes surprising link between TV time and childhood obesity”

Oversimplifications? Um, yes.

How To Talk To Your Kids About Internet Pornography

February 3, 2015

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When I was in medical school, there was this show called Beavis and Butthead.

Beavis and Butthead (as their names suggest) were two exaggerated versions of typical early adolescent boys who snickered at words with even a hint of sexual connotation.  It was fashionable when the show was on to imitate their raspy laughter.

Why It’s OK To Be Unplugged At Summer Camp

Camp provides time to be in nature and to practice living away from family. And, other than time spent asleep, camp is one of the few extended periods of time when kids will be away from their screens and devices. To better understand why it’s hard to unplug for summer camp, we interviewed Michael Thompson, Ph.D.