Category Archives: Digital Distractions

Why Advertising Falls Flat in Individuals With Autism

Individuals with autism may be impervious to misleading marketing. Mental differences are often considered weaknesses, but autism may not be entirely a disability. Continue reading

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There Is a New Link Between Screen-Time and Autism

Don’t expect boys to “grow out of” their obsession with screens. Continue reading

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Big Mistake: Small Kids Left to Their Own Devices

Relaxing rules for kids and screen tech is probably a mistake. Continue reading

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Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations

Richard Cytowic review of Nicholas Carr’s “Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations” Continue reading

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$50m Judgment Says Brain Training a Sham

Your mother had it right: The most reliable way to improve your thinking is to eat a varied diet, get enough sleep, exercise moderately, and focus on whatever you are doing instead of flitting from one thing to another. Continue reading

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Selfies Kill More People Than Sharks Do

Concerns for personal safety increasingly outweigh those for self survival. What has changed? Continue reading

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Ambivalence in Addiction

Smartphone addiction is no different from the hard-drug physical kind. [Cross-posted at The Fallible Mind, my blog at Psychology Today] Ambivalence is a prominent feature in addictions whether of the physical or behavioral kind. Valence is the positive or negative … Continue reading

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Poison Apple II: How Smartphones Degrade Learning

Knowledge of facts has become cheap, and it has cheapened education.   [Cross-posted at The Fallible Mind, my blog at Psychology Today] Joe Clement and Matt Miles, two teachers with a combined 30 years in the classroom,* are alarmed that … Continue reading

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Poison Apple: Technology Fads Make Your Kids Dumber

Don’t assume that any technology labeled “educational” is an unalloyed good.   [Cross-posted at The Fallible Mind, my blog at Psychology Today] Two award-winning teachers with more than 30 years of classroom experience say that kids are getting dumber.* The … Continue reading

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Addicted to Our Screens, or Merely Obsessed?

Are we actually really addicted to our screens in the way that people become addicted to alcohol, gambling, or drugs? Scientists debate whether we truly are. What no one seems to dispute is that our attention spans have gone to hell. Continue reading

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Podcast: Digital Distractions & Your Brain on Screens

Scientists debate whether we are truly addicted to our devices. They also question whether the internet makes us dumber by weakening memory or smarter by showering us with facts, and whether social apps isolate us more than they connect us. What no one seems to dispute is that our attention spans have gone to hell. Continue reading

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The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction

Richard Cytowic’s review of Michael Crawford’s “The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction” Continue reading

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Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains

Here is my review of Susan Greenfield’s “Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains” at the New York Journal of Books: “Anything we practice repeatedly changes the brain; fixate on iPhones and similar screens, and … Continue reading

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Why We’re All Overwhelmed Today

Prolonged and repetitive exposure to devices changes our behavior and even the way we think. The result is counterproductive interruptions and flitting from one task to another. Attention is like a spotlight: what lies outside it is in our cognitive blind spot. Continue reading

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