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Posts Tagged ‘internet addiction’

Screen Time and Mental Health

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Decreasing screen time maybe better for all: preschool moms, kids, brains, bodies. Or maybe not. Either way, try asking yourself the classic therapist question after a long stretch in front of a screen: “How did that make you feel?” If the answer is “not so great,” you’ve got a data point. Repeat, adjust, and maybe feel better.

Life Without Downtime

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Another NYT “Your Brain on Computers” dispatch:  Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime

“Almost certainly, downtime lets the brain go over experiences it’s had, solidify them and turn them into permanent long-term memories,” said Loren Frank, assistant professor in the department of physiology at the university, where he specializes in learning and memory. He said he believed that when the brain was constantly stimulated, “you prevent this learning process.”

Life, Unplugged

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

NYT’s Unplugged Challenge–series of articles and video from participants.  The latest article profiles research into how plugged-in life affects attention:

Echoing other researchers, Mr. Strayer says that understanding how attention works could help in the treatment of a host of maladies, like attention deficit disorder, schizophrenia and depression. And he says that on a day-to-day basis, too much digital stimulation can “take people who would be functioning O.K. and put them in a range where they’re not psychologically healthy.”

 

Web Addiction and Depression

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

WebMD:  Internet Overuse May Cause Depression.

Researchers say that their work suggests that teens who use the Internet pathologically may be about 2.5 times more likely to develop depression than  teens who are not addicted to the Internet.

“Techno-Tyranny”

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Another distraction alarm op-ed, this time from Bob Herbert.

I was talking to a guy who commutes every day between New York and New Jersey. He props up his laptop on the front seat so he can watch DVDs while he’s driving.  “I only do it in traffic,” he said. “It’s no big deal.”

Less Net, Less Depression?

Friday, July 16th, 2010

UPI: Fighting depression by logging off.

A recent study by researchers at Stony Brook University in New York found that online forums and chat sites can aggravate symptoms of depression. Over the course of a year, 13-year-old girls were found to become increasingly depressed and anxious when they participated in online chat sites allowing the girls to discuss issues over and over again

(Via GoodTherapy.org)

 

“Twilight” Addiction

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

The L.A. Times looks at the “Twilight” obsession, opening with:

Chrystal Johnson didn’t think there was anything unhealthy about her all-consuming fixation with “The Twilight Saga” — until she discovered it was sucking the life out of her marriage…

Long Thoughts and the Internet Sabbath

Friday, June 11th, 2010

To the Point joins the chatter re The Internet and the Human Brain–sparked in part by the publication of an apparently doom-heavy new book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.

Want to keep yourself thinking “long thoughts”?  Take weekends away from the web, suggests one panelist…if you can.

Hooked on Gadgets

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

In case you missed it, from the NYT: Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price about addiction to computers, cell phones, etc.

Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information…While many people say multitasking makes them more productive, research shows otherwise. Heavy multitaskers actually have more trouble focusing and shutting out irrelevant information, scientists say, and they experience more stress.

Related: An Ugly Toll of Technology: Impatience and Forgetfulness and First Steps to Digital Detox.