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    Kids today are drawn to technology. They have grown up with it and for some children it has been a part of their daily lives since they were infants. Kids have access to all of the information they need with just a few clicks. They have phones, iPads, Kindles, and other devices that they carry around with them everywhere. 

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  • Today, parents and educators all over the world struggle to put strict limits on using technology. Controlling and managing the time that children and teenagers spend online, playing video games, surfing the Internet, or using their television or computer screens to watch movies.  In fact, even technology executives have talked openly about being conservative when it comes to controlling screen time in their families. Twitter’s co-founder, Evan Williams, Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo, Facebook and Dropbox adviser, Ali Partovi, and more exectuves are all known for putting strict controls on how much time their children use technology. They admit that they have seen the dangers that come with the overuse of technology and they don’t want to see it happen in their families or their children. Apple Founder, Steve Jobs, also was known to not have iPads in his home and was known for limiting the intake of technology in his own home. (1) 

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  • Addiction to smartphones is very common today.  Many people rely on their mobile phones for just about anything – directions, e-mail, social media updates, banking, and even more. But if you’re tired of your phone running your life and have found it difficult to cut off using it completely cold turkey, then the new NoPhone product that is currently in the crowdfunding campaign stage on Kickstarter, might be just the product for you.  The project idea came from a group of friends in the Netherlands and the United States that were together. They were together, but not really, because all they were doing was sitting around, staring at their phones and occasionally looking up to talk or order another drink. NoPhone was created as a way to address society’s addiction to technology.  

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  • A recent news report by Games in Asia shows that a Chinese couple addicted to online gaming, sold their two newborns to help pay for their addiction.  The babies were unplanned and the couple reported to Guangdong TV that they decided to sell the children to child traffickers in China. They admitted that they were addicted to playing online games, many of which are free. However, after getting to certain levels in the game, players can spend money on weapons and other armor.  The father said that he stays out all night at internet cafes and the mother went on to admit that when they sold their children to traffickers, they used the money to pay for the in-game purchases. The couple’s family turned them into local authorities and they were arrested. They are now awaiting trial. (1)  

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Video Game Addiction

Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .