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  • Do you check your cell phone after you’ve gone to bed? If so, you’re not alone. A new poll in the United Kingdom found that 45% of young people, ages 11 to 18 check their phone at night and one in 10 of them check it at least 10 times a night.  About 94% of those were on social media, 75% of them were listening to music, and 57% were watching films. About 42% of them keep their phone next to their bed all night. The survey went even further to investigate how mobile use at night is affecting their daytime activities and the results were eye-opening. About 25% of them say they feel tired during the day because of their cell phone overuse at night and 68% say that it affects how they do in school. (1) 

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  • A furry puppy or a soft kitten: can pet therapy help combat the modern day effects of technology addiction? The tech culture has completely permeated how we live life today and it’s integrated in how our children learn and process information. Our kids are being exposed to technology at young ages and if overused, their concentration, memory, and thought processing can be negatively affected. For some kids, they exhibit signs of addiction and withdrawal, cannot interact well socially with their peers, and they can even show signs of being numb to what’s going on around them. 

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  • Back in the day, kids would play outside for hours at a time. Riding bikes, playing make believe, and playing catch were commonplace after school or on the weekends. Today, that type of play is becoming more and more rare, simply because there is usually a screen everywhere a child turns that’s calling them to sit down and zone out. If you feel like your child is spending more and more time in front of a screen rather than getting outside, you are not the only one. New data released by Exstreamist shows that kids ages 2 to 7 are watching about 1.7 hours of streaming videos per day and young people ages 8 to 18 spend up to 3 hours a day watching TV through online streaming. That equals about 650 hours of streaming movies and TV every year. The National Wildlife Foundation reports that today the average kid in America only plays outside with unstructured play for about a half hour each day. This did not include sports activities. (1) (2)

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  • A new study out of McMaster University in Canada found that young people that are addicted to the Internet are more likely to develop mental health issues such as ADHD, anxiety, inability to focus, and depression. For the study, 254 students were given the Internet Addiction Test (IAT) which was developed in 1998, then they designed their own testing scale to measure results. The data showed that those that screened positive for addiction on the IAT as well as on the researcher’s scale had difficulty dealing with daily activities at home, work, school, or in social situations. The data showed that 33 students were addicted to the Internet and 55.8% of students found it hard to control their use of streaming videos and 47.9% could not keep from using social media. About 28.5% of students in the study were hooked on instant messaging tools. The team also found that 42.1% of the students that were surveyed had mental issues that were linked to excessive use of the Internet. (1)  This study also lines up with findings out of the University of Bergren earlier in 2016, where researchers found links between gaming/Internet addiction and more instances of ADHD, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. (2)

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Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .