It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies

August 27, 2016
Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

Dr. Peter Whybrow, Director of Semel Institute for Neuroscience at UCLA, coins the term “electronic cocaine” for screens because of the addictive effects of them. Digital technology can undermine the brain’s frontal cortex in the same way that cocaine negatively impacts the frontal cortex and raise dopamine levels as much as sex.  Other studies have shown that screens increase depression, anxiety and aggression among users. Parents need to be aware of their children’s technology usage in order to prevent technology addiction.

Read more at New York Post

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‘Digital Heroin’ and Kids: A Problem with Manageable Solutions Modern Mom, 3 Sep 2016