Tag Archives: smartphone addiction

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: 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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