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  • A recent article shows that many high-ranking technology executives are actually low-tech parents that limit their children’s exposure to screens and technology as a whole. When Steve Jobs was running Apple and creating the iPhones and iPads that so many of use cannot live without, he was limiting his children’s contact with such products. When asked if his kids loved the iPad, he simply stated, “They haven’t used it.” And he isn’t the only technology executive to do this.

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  • Loneliness can be debilitating and isolating. It causes a person to withdraw and live within themselves, rather than socializing and learning how to interact with others. When a person is withdrawn, it can be very isolating and overwhelming. In Japan, when a person becomes withdrawn, it is known as “hikikomori.” It is used to describe young people who choose to withdraw.

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  • This last week, the world lost a very talented and beloved comedian, Robin Williams. He was an icon in Hollywood – a legend to look up to, especially for comedic actors that are just starting out. It was saddening and disturbing to hear that Williams felt there was no other option except suicide. Darkness and deep sadness truly overwhelmed him. 

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  • Violence is all around us. It’s in our neighborhoods, on our televisions, in our movies, and on the news. Real violence – rape, abuse, murder – is everywhere we turn. Yet, as gruesome and horrific as this violence is, society is often perceived as idolizing it. We celebrate it by paying to see violent movies. And we celebrate it by allowing kids to see it on television shows or playing violent video games.  A recent study shows that 50% of parents allow their kids, some as young as six years old, to play adult and mature rated games. Some parents allow their young children to play Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto (two of the most well-known violent video games out there) for up to six hours a day. The survey also showed that one in four parents can see a change in behavior after their kids play the game.  Approximately 57% of parents say that they think their kids can handle the content in games, even though they aren’t old enough.  

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Video Game Addiction

Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .