With kids spending more and more time on screens, parents worry that they are getting hooked.
Can an increased amount of time a child spends on their devices be defined as an addiction? Child Mind Institute shares their findings.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
“Addiction doesn’t really capture the behavior we’re seeing,” says Dr. Matthew Cruger, a neuropsychologist and the director of the Learning and Development Center at the Child Mind Insititute. “With addiction you have a chemical that changes the way we respond, that leads us to be reliant on it for our level of functioning. That’s not what ‘s happening here. We don’t develop higher levels of tolerance. We don’t need more and more screen time in order to be able to function.”
Read the full article here.
“In reality, anxiety is universal. It doesn’t discriminate — and it’s very treatable. We just need to acknowledge it and talk openly first.”
– Dr. Jerry Bubrick Senior Director, Child Mind Institute
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