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Internet Addiction

China's Web Junkies: Is the Cure Worse Than the Disease?

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 07.23.2015 | World

While the global conversation about the Internet and China tends to focus on censorship, hacking and the Great Firewall, many Chinese parents are ...

Kids, Screens and Play

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 07.20.2015 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Communication through social media seems to heighten a child's expectation of an immediate response and sense of urgency in regard to his or her feelings and needs. Urgency, however, is an enemy of emotional maturity. Children need to learn, slowly over the course of childhood and adolescence, that what they want or need they do not always need "now."

I Can't Unplug (and I Don't Want to)

TueNight | Posted 06.29.2015 | Women
TueNight

I've never lost the sense of wonderment or appreciation about the opportunities presented personally and professionally because of our connected online world. Not once.

Addicted: An Industry Matures

Ted McCarthy | Posted 06.01.2015 | Technology
Ted McCarthy

Perhaps nothing better defines our current age than to say it is one of rapid technological change.

Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone? This Scientific Test Will Show You

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.18.2015 | Science

Smartphone addiction is no joke, and now there's a scientific way to measure it. A new study from Iowa State University has identified some of the...

Preventing and Treating School Refusal and Severe Social Withdrawal

Allen Frances | Posted 05.14.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

I first heard about 'hikikomori' on a visit to Japan 25 years ago. It was a new term then, used to describe severe and prolonged school refusal in teenagers, sometimes evolving into complete social withdrawal.

Why I Won't Be Wearing An Apple Watch

Damon Beres | Posted 05.14.2015 | Technology
Damon Beres

A wise man once said, "The notion that a personal computer will set you free is appalling." Where does that leave the Apple Watch?

Government Employee Cites "Boredom" as Reason for Watching Porn at Work. Wait... What?

Dana Smith | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Dana Smith

Why would someone risk embarrassment, diminished reputation, discipline, and even termination by watching porn at work? I don't think it's due to boredom as reported (Lord help us because we'd have an epidemic on our hands).

Is Facebook Making Us Stupid, Boring and Insecure?

Carla Poertner | Posted 06.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Carla Poertner

The answer to whether our social media use is harmful or benign might just lie in the question we need to ask ourselves: "How good do I really want to feel?"

Constantly Checking Your Phone Could Be A Sign Of Depression

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.24.2015 | Science

It's been estimated that the average mobile phone user checks a device 150 times a day, and nearly a third of smartphone users admit that they're addi...

Is Social Media Sucking the Life Out of You?

Janice Billman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Technology
Janice Billman

Unless you personally know someone, there's no real connection other than "like"ing the same movie, music or whatever. I don't know about you and maybe it's my age but it sure seems to be sucking the life out of a lot of people.

Electronic Etiquette in the Digital Age

Dr. David Greenfield | Posted 02.01.2015 | Technology
Dr. David Greenfield

My prediction is that many pubic places will begin to develop digital use policies--just as some restaurants are offering meal discounts if you agree to leave your phone in the car! In fact, that might not be a bad idea... to be in the social world without the intrusive digital distraction.

The Global Geography Of Internet Addiction

The Atlantic | sonali kohli | Posted 12.02.2014 | World

Thanks to its young population armed with smartphones, Brazil beat nine other Internet-connected countries for its citizens’ frequency of web use, a...

No Email, No Smartphone, No Internet, No TV, No Problem?! Jodi Unplugged -- Part 3

Jodi B. Katzman | Posted 12.31.2014 | Women
Jodi B. Katzman

We would all profit from learning how little technology we could get along with. We never know when the digital world will work against us, forcing us into doing everything "the old-fashioned way."

5 Ways The Internet Will Revolutionize Work And Play By 2025

Fast Company | Ben Schiller | Posted 10.28.2014 | World

For all the ways the Internet has changed how we live and work over the last 20 years, there are still plenty of areas it hasn't touched, and plenty m...

The Digital World Is Full Of Wonder And Worry

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Children between the ages of 8 and 18 spend, on average, more than 7.5 hours a day in front of a non-school-related screen. Given the busy lives children lead these days and the reality that there are only so many hours in a day, this statistic is almost unbelievable.

No Email, No Smartphone, No Internet, No TV, No Problem?!

Jodi B. Katzman | Posted 11.29.2014 | Women
Jodi B. Katzman

've pruned my online connections. I've birthed new habits. I'm setting boundaries between work and personal time. I'm less scattered and distracted. I'm wasting less time. I have the reins in my hands again. I haven't been this productive or at ease in quite a while.

Our Creepy Attachment To Cell Phones Could Be An Addiction

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living

I’m taking a community college stats course right now through the UCLA extension program, and even though I’m only 29, I've found myself experienc...

Jungle Beat: Hurricane Iselle

Barbara Fahs | Posted 11.02.2014 | Hawaii
Barbara Fahs

The psychological effects of the storm were a surprise to me. I can speak only for myself, but I fell into a lethargic, depressive state after the initial panic over the lack of electricity subsided.

No Email, No Smartphone, No Internet, No TV, No Problem?! Jodi Unplugged -- Part 1

Jodi B. Katzman | Posted 10.29.2014 | Women
Jodi B. Katzman

When my smartphone went dark, my PC succumbed to malware and my old TV conked out (must things always happen in threes?), I was forced to undergo a different kind of cleanse -- a digital cleanse -- which proved as jarring as I imagined a juice cleanse to be.

Chinese Parents Are Sending Internet Addicts To Boot Camps

Reuters | Posted 08.31.2014 | Technology

By Kyung-Hoon Kim BEIJING, July 1 (Reuters) - Baby-faced teenagers in army uniforms practice drills in locked dormitories in China, cl...

A Must-See Video of the Impact of Technology on Our Lives

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.05.2014 | Technology
Dr. Jim Taylor

A friend just sent me this video titled "Look Up" that powerfully demonstrates what we miss -- life, love, beauty, opportunity! -- when we immerse excessively in technology.

Without WiFi, Life Would End (aka Teen Internet Addiction)

Russ Warner | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Russ Warner

The Internet is just like the world. It can be wonderful and amazing or frightening and terrible. Each person must choose the path to take.

I'm Addicted to the Internet -- So What?

Anna David | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Here's what I know: This addiction sure feels a lot less shameful and dangerous than my coke addiction did. But also my already short attention span is growing ever shorter as a result of my behavior and true serenity comes from being in the moment and not from checking out.

Are Opportunity Costs the Real Danger of Technology?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Dr. Jim Taylor

I believe that technology is inherently neither good nor bad. But neutral does not mean it is benign. As with most things in life, technology is healthy or harmful depending on how it is used.