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Last updated: October 2021
Authors: Lawrence Robinson, Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D.
¤ Medical Xpress
Moderation may disrupt addictive nature of wireless mobile devices and adverse health outcomes
Published: June 11, 2022
By: The Endocrine Society
“Nidhi Gupta, M.D., founder of KAP Pediatric Endocrinology in Franklin, Tenn., aimed to review existing data on the neuroscience underlying wireless mobile device addiction, and understand how increased screen time or a sedentary lifestyle can increase the prevalence of obesity, dyslipidemia, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.”
“For each hour/day increase in screen time, Gupta found a 0.05-0.07 increase in BMI (p<0.001), which was likely due to food marketing, distracted eating, reduced satiety and procrastination of physical activity. Insufficient and low-quality sleep, daytime tiredness, daytime sleepiness, depression and daily cognitive issues, were associated with wireless mobile device overuse.”
Research suggests ‘nudges’ to help people curb smartphone addiction
Published: May 19, 2022
By: McGill University, Canada
“Most of the participants spent four to five hours per day on their phones.”
¤ New World Library
The Dangers of Too Much Screen Time — A Talk with Victoria Dunckley, Author of Reset Your Child’s Brain – URL
- What is Electronic Screen Syndrome (ESS), and under what circumstances should parents worry about it? Is it different from video game or tech addiction?
- How are the brain and body affected by electronics?
- Explain how electronics use is contributing to misdiagnosis of psychiatric disorders in children.
- How does screen-time specifically affect mood? Focus? Behavior or social skills?
- How kind of impact does screen-time content—or what’s being viewed or played—have on these kinds of negative effects?
- Why do you feel interactive screen-time—such as computer use or gaming– is even more harmful than passive screen activities like watching TV?
- You recommend that children undergo a strict three to four week “electronic fast” any time parents and doctors are considering medication treatment. What does the fast accomplish that simply cutting back on electronics doesn’t?
- What do you say to parents who insist it’ll be too hard to orchestrate the electronic fast? Are there some rules-of-thumb parents can follow?
- Parents are continually being told their children need to be tech savvy to succeed in today’s world. Won’t children with limited electronics exposure be left behind?
- What about the positive findings of video games—don’t studies show they can help with coordination and attention?
- What are some of the long-term or developmental concerns regarding pervasive use of electronics?
¤ New World Library
Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time
By: Victoria L. Dunckley, MD, integrative child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist
Published: July 14, 2015
“Increasing numbers of parents grapple with children who are acting out without obvious reason. Many of these children are diagnosed with ADHD, bipolar disorder, or autism spectrum disorder. They are then medicated with often poor and side effect–riddled results. Victoria L. Dunckley, who specializes in working with children and families who have failed to respond to previous treatment, has pioneered a new program. In her work with more than 500 children, teens, and young adults diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, 80 percent showed marked improvement after completing the four-week program presented here. Interactive screens, including those on video games, laptops, cell phones, and tablets, overstimulate a child’s nervous system. While virtually no one in today’s connected world can completely shun electronic stimuli, Dunckley shows how the most vulnerable among us — our children — can and should be spared their damaging effects.”
- EMF links