Screen Addiction Among Teens

Look up from this screen right now. Take a look around. On a bus. In a cafe. Even at a stoplight. Chances are, most of the other people in your line of sight are staring at their phones or other devices. And if they don’t happen to have one out, it is certainly tucked away in a pocket or bag.

But are we truly addicted to technology? And what about our kids? It’s a scary question, and a big one for scientists right now. Still, while the debate rages on, some doctors and technologists are focusing on solutions.

“There canada goose outlet uk is a fairly even split in the scientific community about whether ‘tech addiction’ is a real thing,” says Dr. Michael Bishop, who runs Summerland, which he calls “a summer camp for screen overuse” for teens.”Technology addiction” doesn’t appear canada goose factory outlet vancouver in the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the DSM V, published in 2013. That’s the bible of the psychiatric profession in the United States. The closest it comes is something called “Internet Gaming Disorder,” and that is listed as a condition for further study, not an official diagnosis.

cheap Canada Goose This omission is important not only because it shapes therapists’ and doctors’ understanding of their patients but because without an official DSM code, it is harder to bill insurers for treatment of a specific issue. cheap Canada Goose

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Dr. When I ask him about the term “addiction” he doesn’t miss a beat.

canada goose black friday sale There are brain imaging studies of the effects of screen time, he says. And he also has treated many teens who are so wrapped up in video games that they don’t even get up to use the bathroom. canada goose black friday sale

canada goose store He says the evidence is clear, but we’re not ready to face it. canada goose store

“We have, as a society, gone all in on tech,” he says. “So we don’t want some buzzkilling truth sayers telling us that the emperor has no clothes and that the devices that we’ve all so fallen in love with can be a problem” especially for kids and their developing brains, he adds. But researchers and clinicians like Bishop, who avoid using it, are still concerned about some of the patterns of behavior they see.

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“I came to this issue out of a place of deep skepticism: addicted to video games? That can’t be right,” said Dr. Douglas Gentile at Iowa State University, who has been researching the effects of media on children for decades.

But “I’ve been forced by data to accept that it’s a problem,” he told me when I interviewed him for my book The Art of Screen Time. “Addiction to video games and Internet use, defined as ‘serious dysfunction in multiple aspects of your life that achieves clinical significance,’ does seem to exist.”Gentile’s definition doesn’t address the questions of whether media can cause changes in your brain or create a true physical dependency.

canada goose clearance sale It also doesn’t address the question, raised canada goose outlet vip by some of the clinicians I’ve spoken with, of whether media overuse is best thought of as a symptom of something else, such as depression, anxiety or ADHD. Gentile’s definition simply asks whether someone’s relationship to media is causing problems to the extent that the person would benefit from getting some help. The study has the subtitle “A Parent Report Measure of Screen Media ‘Addiction’ in Children.” Note that the term addiction is in quotes here. In the study, researchers asked parents of school age children to complete a questionnaire based on the criteria for “Internet Gaming Disorder.” canada goose clearance sale

Canada Goose Jackets For example, it asked: Is their preferred media activity the only thing that puts them in a good mood? Are they angry or otherwise unhappy when forced to unplug? Is their use increasing over time? Do they sneak around to use screens? Does it interfere with family activities, friendships or school? Canada Goose Jackets

The experts I’ve talked to say the question of whether an adult, or a child, has a problem with technology can’t be answered simply by measuring screen time.

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canada goose uk outlet “I started playing when I was around 9 years old,” said Griffin, whose last name I didn’t use to protect his privacy. canada goose outlet jackets He chose canada goose outlet store uk email over a phone interview. “I played because I found it fun, but after a while I played mostly because I preferred it over socializing and confronting my problems.” canada goose uk outlet

After he spent weeks hiking through the wilderness, his mother saw a lot of improvement in his demeanor and focus. However, Griffin came home to a reality canada goose kensington parka uk where he still needed a laptop for high school and still used a smartphone to connect with friends.

Bishop, who runs therapeutic Summerland camps in California and North Carolina, says the teens who come to him fall into two broad categories. There are the ones, overwhelmingly boys, who spend so much time playing video games that, in his words, they “fall behind in their social skills.” Often they are battling depression or anxiety, or they may be on https://www.gooseoutletvip.com the autism spectrum.

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” Often they are battling depression or anxiety

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