Have you read Screens and Teens and you wish family and friends would read it, but they say they don’t have the time? Or, maybe you haven’t made the time yet to read the book yourself and you’d love something short so you can figure out what all the fuss is about. Here’s an article for you by Maria Cowell with Today’s Christian Woman titled “Your Family: Unplugged.” From the article:
… The effects of all that screen time are still being studied with some experts wondering if internet addiction and social media addiction are real conditions akin to gambling, alcohol, or pornography addictions. The American Psychiatric Association affirms that similar to other addictions, inordinate screen time does change brain chemistry—chiefly, in the release of dopamine. In May 2013, the APA added “internet use disorder” to their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders. Other problems that are now being linked to excessive screen time in young people include loss of social skills, impaired cognitive functioning and sleep disruption, escalating exposure to cyberbullying, and depression.
None of this surprises parenting expert Dr. Kathy Koch, founder and president of Celebrate Kids, who has been studying the effects of technology on this generation of digital natives. Her newest book, Screens and Teens, takes a look at some of the lies screen time technology creates and how parents can help their children recognize the truth and find a healthy balance. Koch identifies several lies perpetuated by screen time technology, including I am the center of my own universe; I deserve to be happy all the time; and information is all I need so I don’t need teachers.
Maria Cowell interviewed me and Arlene Pellicane, the author of Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Children in a Screen-Driven World (co-authored with Gary Chapman) and the article is worth reading in its entirety. These opportunities always make me a bit nervous, but Maria did an excellent job. I truly think you’ll find it helpful and thought provoking and so will your friends. Please share it.