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Many adults and teens are spending engaged with digital media, and researchers are only beginning to grasp the impact on mental health and well-being.
Doreen Dodgen-Magee, a psychologist and the author of “,” discusses how screens are profoundly altering who we are and how we behave. She points to concerns about increased feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and a reduced ability to tolerate boredom and to concentrate, but Dodgen-Magee says there are methods to help us all use technology in healthier ways.
- Dodgen-Magee suggests that, because of constant digital stimulation from our screens, we run the risk of short-circuiting the parts of our brains that are important for focus, concentration, delayed gratification and tolerating unease. plays a role in the potential for our brains to be rewired.
- Our ability for deep critical thinking is diminished when we turn to our devices for quick and easy answers instead of wrestling with problems by ourselves, according to Dodgen-Magee.
- Dodgen-Magee’s dream is to invite the “entire world to a big, huge, boredom-awkward party.” She argues that we would all be much calmer and more connected to ourselves and others if we could , inconvenienced and uncomfortable. These skills are necessary for anyone who hopes to moderate their tech use, says Dodgen-Magee.
- Find out more about on of social media on adolescents - and especially the burden on and their mental health.
- Is there a new reversed digital divide? “The rich have grown afraid of screens,” according to , and in Silicon Valley a screen-free elementary education is all the rage with the wealthy.
- Dodgen-Magee writes about public health concerns caused by tech addiction and overuse in .