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20 03, 2014

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

By |March 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

BrainCircuitsInterested in some of the newest studies in neuropsychology and physiology covering how technology is changing our brains? Here’s an informative synopsis of some recent finding by the folks at the online news site Mashable. Topics covered include the impact of television on dreaming, fear of missing out (FOMO), insomnia, visual skill improvements, and impulse control.

Read the full story here:

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

17 03, 2014

New Research and Information about Internet Use, Abuse, and Addiction

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13 03, 2014

Technology and Internet: The world’s largest slot machine

By |March 13th, 2014|Internet Addiction, Uncategorized, Unplug, Video Gaming|1 Comment

tech addictionThe American Psychiatric Association is in the midst of a major debate on whether Internet Addiction should be classified and treated as a recognized disorder like depression and anxiety. In the case of video game use, I equate the positive feeling associated with gaming as a dopamine surge that follows the variable reinforcement schedule found in digital games.

Here’s the full article from the online news site Multibriefs giving you further background into the problem as well as some suggested ways to avoid this pitfall. During my interview for the story, I point out that the physiology behind these games affects the player much like a slot machine.

The full article is available here:

Technology and Internet: The world’s largest slot machine

13 03, 2014

Sticking to New Year’s Resolutions: 10 Tips

By |March 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

BergenAs the year 2014 moves forward, many of us find our well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions slowly slipping away. In a well-written article just published in  Bergen Health & Life, here are 10 proven techniques that will help you to reach your goals.

See Section 9 for my advice on how to take a “holiday” from your smartphone and help break your unconscious conditioning to all-things-digital.

Hit Restart on the New Year: 10 Ways to Get Back on Track

13 03, 2014

New Interview on Radio MD: Are You Addicted to the Internet?

By |March 13th, 2014|Internet Addiction, Interview, Smartphone|1 Comment

RadioMD InterviewI was recently interviewed on RadioMD on a range of Internet related topics including Facebook, Twitter, Google, and smartphone addiction. The host of the show, Melanie Cole, MS and I discuss why cell phone and Internet addiction are on the rise and what treatment options are available.

You can find this interview posted on the RadioMD web site here:

Are You Addicted to the Internet? From the show: Staying Well

You can also listen to the full interview on this same page by clicking on the “Listen Now” button.

5 03, 2014

Behind the Scenes of ‘Candy Crush Saga’

By |March 5th, 2014|Internet Addiction, Video Gaming|0 Comments

With revenues of $1,884,301,000 for 2013 (yes, that’s 1 Billion $ with a capital B), gaming producer King Digital Entertainment is basking in the success of its gaming sensation ‘Candy Crush Saga’. Although game play is free for starters, gamers must wait 30 minutes to advance to the next level, pay a small fee to King Digital, or ask their Facebook friends for “support”.

For some users, however this “small fee” adds up to big dollars, as was the case for Alie Badillo (in the photo) who dropped $1000 last year on Candy Crush.

The online Blog Mashable recently did an expose covering the behind the scenes story of some ‘Candy Crush Saga’ video gamers and asked me for my opinion on this new gaming phenomenon.

You can read the complete story here:

These People Are Making the Creator of ‘Candy Crush’ Rich