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  • In recent years, Korean government has become aware and started cracking down on digital addiction, especially video games. Government data via Reuters suggests that about 1 in 10 Korean kids ages 10-19 are addicted to the Internet, but a new VICE report shows that the number could be as high as 50%. VICE reporter Matt Shea traveled to South Korea and investigated the world of online sports and found that many teenagers are addicted to games like Starcraft or League of Legends. Recently, a teenage boy admitted in an interview that he spends his life in front of his computer and has no career plan. He spends about 88 hours a week gaming.

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  • A Colorado girl was arrested and put into a juvenile detention center last month after trying to poison her mother with bleach. The police reported that the girl was angry that her mom took away her iPhone, so she sought revenge. The mom noticed the smell of bleach coming from her smoothie had thought maybe it was just part of the recently cleaned glass. But then she noticed the smell again coming from a water bottle and the mom confronted the daughter. She admitted that she was trying to kill her because she took her iPhone.  Police believe that the situation was likely hostile before this incident. (1) 

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  • Do you have people on your Facebook friend list that often post vague updates about their life, leaving you to wonder if he or she are struggling? Or, maybe you have seen status updates that are clearly even more concerning, informing followers about a state of depression and that he or she is considering self-harm.  Unfortunately, this is a very common occurrence and happens all the time in the social media world today. Facebook recognizes this growing issue and has launched a new feature for suicide prevention. The site has partnered with Now Matters Now, Save.org, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention (a nonprofit that is based out of the University of Washington’s School of Social Work). 

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  • If you’re a parent in today’s day in age, it’s almost impossible to get away from the appeal of your smartphone. With so many apps to discover, emails and texts to send at all hours of the day, and Facebook statuses to read, your smartphone is likely with you at all times. It’s very easy to get absorbed by what’s going on with your smartphone and if you do this regularly, a new study out of Boston Medical Center says that you may have more negative interactions with your children and that they may be made to feel like they’re trying to compete for attention.  The study offers a very realistic and sobering picture of how technology devices like smartphones are doing to the parent/child relationship. 

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Video Game Addiction

Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .