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Internet Addiction

Behavioral Addictions: A Dangerous and Slippery Slope

Allen Frances | Posted 05.16.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

A seemingly small and barely noticed organizational change in DSM-5 disguises what is really a giant conceptual leap -- one that may eventually cause large and harmful unintended consequences.

Half Of Teens Say They Feel Addicted To Their Devices

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living

Research is still emerging about whether technology addiction fits the classic definition of an addiction disorder, but many people certainly feel add...

A Healthy Balance of an Online and an In-Person Life

Jill L. Ferguson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Jill L. Ferguson

This week I felt inundated by requests on my timeline and by social media notifications. I belong to all of the usual spaces: LinkedIn, Facebook, Goo...

Are Smartphones Really So Smart?

Dr. David Greenfield | Posted 03.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. David Greenfield

The smartphone keeps us on automatic pilot and it inhibits us from making healthy choices, thus we are responding to life on an automated and unconscious neurobiological basis. We socially isolate, are intolerant of boredom, and are always connected somewhere other than where we actually are at the moment.

Unplugged: What a Day At an Internet Addiction Recovery Center Taught Me

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 03.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Danielle Campoamor

There are places like reSTART, tucked away in the woods outside a major city known for its inclusion of technology, and there are people like Ryan and Peter. It's safe to say that I will be thinking of them and their recovery, for a long time to come.

Read This If You Use Your Smartphone To Avoid Reality

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.04.2016 | Technology

Do you turn to your iPhone because you're bored -- or because you're trying to avoid dealing with stressful or unpleasant things in your life? The wa...

7 Reasons Why I Keep My Home WiFi-Free

Carmella Guiol | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Carmella Guiol

The Internet is a great tool, but it is also a risky one. We have all fallen victim to the Internet's black hole effect, reemerging hours later to wonder where the day went. We pay in time and peace of mind what we get in "convenience." These are a few reasons why I keep wifi out of my home.

21 Percent Of Us Are Online Basically All The Time

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living

One in five Americans reports going online "almost constantly" according to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. It's the first time Pew...

Take Homework Offline

Carl Marziali | Posted 12.01.2015 | Education
Carl Marziali

Schools are sending kids to the most distracting medium ever invented. Parents have no way to know if their children are working or playing in one of a dozen windows. An assignment that should take one hour may stretch to two or three.

How To Break Your Internet Addiction

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 10.31.2015 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

For a while, I've been complaining about people who overuse the Internet. People who walk across intersections while staring at their phones. At first, only the young were afflicted. And that was fine with me. Now, however, the epidemic has spread.

ICYMI: Disappearing Amazon Tribes And Why Kids Hate School Lunch

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we were taken with a radio interview featuring Dr. James O'Connell, who spent his 30-ye...

Internet Addiction Isn’t An Official Diagnosis, But This Center Is Treating It

The Huffington Post | Lynne Peeples | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living

FALL CITY, Wash. -- When Roey Gabay finally got home from the college library, he found his twin sister, Reut, waiting for him in the living room. It ...

6 Ways to Break Your iPhone Addiction (That Actually Work)

Supercompressor | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Supercompressor

Rule 1. Never use your phone as your alarm clock. We all know how it goes: once you're done dealing your standard wave of 20 snoozes, you flick off the alarm, and go straight to browsing: Instagram, email, videos of baby elephants.

Is Your Teen Online 24/7? Parenting With Spiritual Tools

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Ingrid Peschke

How do you reprogram a teen to recognize that the cyberworld is actually fake? That's not an easy question to answer, and it's one that's being grappled with in treatment centers.

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 worr...

Kids, Screens and Play

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 07.20.2016 | 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 06.29.2016 | 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 06.01.2016 | 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 05.14.2016 | 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 05.12.2016 | 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.