Treatment Center Addresses Widespread Tech Overuse in College Students

Clients of Boulder’s internet addiction service engage in “tech detoxes” to minimize their technology use.   By Casey Van Divier Journalism student at the University of Colorado Boulder  *Names have been changed to protect the privacy of those featured in this article Emma’s 18-year-old son Brandon was missing meals, struggling in school, and spending hours […]

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Celebrate Screen-Free Week!

From April 30-May 6, 2018, children, families, entire schools, and communities will rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Plan to unplug from digital media entertainment and spend all that free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends! To learn more about Screen-Free Week, visit their website, www.screenfree.org. Screen-free week activities are […]

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Autism and Screen Time: Special Brains, Special Risks

Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D. is an integrative child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, the author of Reset Your Child’s Brain, and an expert on the effects of screen-time on the developing nervous system. Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are uniquely vulnerable to various brain-related impacts of screen time. These electronic “side effects” include hyperarousal and dysregulation—what I call Electronic Screen […]

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Internet Technology & Video Game Overuse on the College Campus

Internet Technology & Video Game Overuse on the College Campus January 21, 2016 For all the convenience that technology brings us, an alarming percentage of people develop bad tech habits that can have serious consequences in their lives. Research has identified that 13-18 percent of college students demonstrate signs of internet addiction and technology overuse. […]

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Virtual Reality ~ Immerse & Escape from Reality; How Much is too Much?

Virtual Reality (VR) has aimed at providing just that to for the whole of its 20-year existence. From helping form better posture in those with Multiple Sclerosis (Gutiéerrez, et al, 2013) to helping those with autism develop better job interview skills (Smith, et al, 2015), VR has been training minds to conceptualize how different their […]

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Video Games and Internet Abuse Impact College Students

Brief Questionnaires to Assess for Addiction to the Internet and Video Games  It is very likely you or your child is addicted to the Internet if most or all of the following statements are true: Preoccupied with the Internet (thinks about previous online activity or anticipate next online session). Uses the Internet with increasing amounts […]

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Start the Conversation, Banish the Stigma

Most young adults go off to college with a textbook full of health information stuffed into their skulls. They get the lecture about sex, including birth control and protection against disease. (It only takes once, people!) They hopefully know the symptoms of both alcohol poisoning and bacterial meningitis, and are aware of possible fungal transmission […]

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Students’ Frequent Cell Phone Use Tied to Lower Grades, Higher Anxiety

By Janice Wood Associate News Editor Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on December 7, 2013 A new study has found that college students who use their cell phones frequently had lower grades, higher anxiety and were less happy than other students. For their study, Kent State University researchers Andrew Lepp, Ph.D., Jacob Barkley, Ph.D., […]

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