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How tablets and mobiles can harm children

By: Dr Mary Aiken Source: The Telegraph Not long ago I was sitting on a train going from Dublin to Galway. A mother and baby came to sit across the aisle and began feeding. In a wonderful display of dexterity, she held the bottle in one hand and clutched a mobile phone in the other. Out of the corner of my eye, I observed her with a researcher’s curiosity. Ethnography is the immersive study of people and cultural phenomena, when the researcher is embedded in the social group being studied. As a cyberpsychologist, I am living in a continual ethnographic study. Hardly an hour goes by when I don’t notice how people are interacting with technology. Ten or fifteen minutes passed. The mother...

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“Digital Heroin”: How screens turn kids into “junkies”

By: Dr. Nicholas Kardaras Source: New York Post Susan* bought her 6-year-old son John an iPad when he was in first grade. “I thought, ‘Why not let him get a jump on things?’ ” she told me during a therapy session. John’s school had begun using the devices with younger and younger grades — and his technology teacher had raved about their educational benefits — so Susan wanted to do what was best for her sandy-haired boy who loved reading and playing baseball. She started letting John play different educational games on his iPad. Eventually, he discovered Minecraft, which the technology teacher assured her was “just like electronic Lego.” Remembering how much fun she had as a child building...

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Is the internet becoming a disease?

By: Hannah Jane Parkinson Source: The Guardian Madness, so the saying goes, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting to get different results. Which is the same as refreshing Twitter in the hope of more likes and retweets when your tweet isn’t going to get any better. The internet plays havoc with our minds. This we know, because the Netflix countdown to the next episode is a microcosm Stockholm syndrome. But can the internet make us physically ill? Is the internet bad for us in the way that going outside with wet hair is bad for us? According to a study (four words that are ruining journalism) — it is. This is the news that isn’t news, because the “Mail” just decided to...

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