Excessive screen use: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

 
 Are adolescents losing the battle of screen addiction? (Image taken from orginal article; Jasu Hu)

Are adolescents losing the battle of screen addiction? (Image taken from orginal article; Jasu Hu)

 

24th July, 2018 (repost, original publication 3rd Auguat, 2017)

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis? Jene Twenge writes for The Atlantic. 

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Social media blamed for reduced productivity at work

 Is social media use at work impacting productivity?

Is social media use at work impacting productivity?

22 July, 2018

An article in the Melbourne Herald Sun claims that Australians are spending excessive time on social media while at work, resulting in productivity losses for companies and employers.  It's worth noting that the article refers to 'research', but no source is supplied. Non-subscribers to the Herald Sun can read the article here

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Smartphones in schools - yes or no?

 Are smartphones adding or detracting from the classroom experince?

Are smartphones adding or detracting from the classroom experince?

28th June, 2018

In this article published by The Conversation, a number of arguments for and against banning smartphones in schools are presented. Countries such as France and Ireland either have, or are planning to, put legistaltion in place to ban smartphone use in the classroom.

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Why kids seem to become addicted to games like Fortnite

 
 Fortnite has taken kids by storm and parents by surprise. But what is it about this game that makes kids want to game for hours on end? 

Fortnite has taken kids by storm and parents by surprise. But what is it about this game that makes kids want to game for hours on end? 

 

13th June, 2018

An article in the Telegraph discusses research that shows MRI scans of children’s brains have changes in function and structure as those of alcoholics or drug addicts.

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More on less addictive phones

 Is our relationships with out screens starting to become unhealthy?

Is our relationships with out screens starting to become unhealthy?

4th Jun, 2018

Apple have released the newest version of the iPhone with, you guessed it, features aimed at reducing smartphone addiction. Are tech companies genuinely concerned about their customers wellbeing?

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How does heavy use of a smartphone impact mental well-being?

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19th May, 2018

In intersting look at the positive and negative influences of heavy smartphone use in 14-24 year olds. Self-expression is a positive, but lack of sleep, bullying, and mental illness are clear negayive outcomes. 

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How to curb a smartphone addiction

 
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10th May, 2018

An article in Choice Magazine cites BlackScreens research and offers suggestions on how to curb your smartphone use

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Less addictive phones

 Smartphones and apps are designed to encourage you to open your screen and engage with the online world.

Smartphones and apps are designed to encourage you to open your screen and engage with the online world.

10th May, 2018

A report from The Guardian looks at Google adding new features into their latest Android release to help reduce screen time.

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Kids lock phones away for a day

 Yondr pouches aren't readily available in Australia yet but they may be a way to start transforming kids relationships with their smartphones

Yondr pouches aren't readily available in Australia yet but they may be a way to start transforming kids relationships with their smartphones

9th May, 2018

Students at Daylesford Secondary College experimented with a new product on the US market, Yondr pouches. Here's how they found the experience

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Proactive device management plan at McKinnon Secondary College

 Teachers are concerned about the impact that screens in the classroom may be having on student engagement

Teachers are concerned about the impact that screens in the classroom may be having on student engagement

20th Feb, 2018

Kids get noisy after their school bans smartphones. Read about the unexpected side-effect of a phone-free school yard

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