Given the ubiquitous and enormous impact of these technologies, funding and support to study the impact of digital technologies on our brain processes should be at the forefront of research efforts today.
It was easier, even just seven years ago, to rear our children screen-free. It's far more difficult to moderate screen use now that the majority of parents have smartphones in their pockets, laptops in the kitchen and tablets near the couch.
These days, when you look at kids sitting on the subway or cross town bus, they're not hooked on crossword puzzles and word searches. They're heads down in their tablets, sometimes sharing with a sibling, other times playfully fighting over one.
This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with its 2013 recommendations about children and media use. While many researchers, politicians, teachers and parents applaud these strict recommendations, an awful lot of parents wonder how realistically they can adhere to them.
It's a conversation all parents will have -- it's only a matter of when. It starts with "Puleeeeeeze! All my friends have one!" Kids -- all kids -- want one, badly. The target of their desires, of course, is the ubiquitous, must-have cell phone.