Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids - and How to Break the Trance

Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids - and How to Break the Trance

by Nicholas Kardaras
Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids - and How to Break the Trance

Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids - and How to Break the Trance

by Nicholas Kardaras


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From addiction expert Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, a startling argument that technology has profoundly affected the brains of children—and not for the better.

We’ve all seen them: kids hypnotically staring at glowing screens in restaurants, in playgrounds and in friends' houses—and the numbers are growing. Like a virtual scourge, the illuminated glowing faces—the Glow Kids—are multiplying. But at what cost? Is this just a harmless indulgence or fad like some sort of digital hula-hoop? Some say that glowing screens might even be good for kids—a form of interactive educational tool.

Don’t believe it.

In Glow Kids, Dr. Nicholas Kardaras will examine how technology—more specifically, age-inappropriate screen tech, with all of its glowing ubiquity—has profoundly affected the brains of an entire generation. Brain imaging research is showing that stimulating glowing screens are as dopaminergic (dopamine activating) to the brain’s pleasure center as sex. And a growing mountain of clinical research correlates screen tech with disorders like ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, increased aggression, and even psychosis. Most shocking of all, recent brain imaging studies conclusively show that excessive screen exposure can neurologically damage a young person’s developing brain in the same way that cocaine addiction can.

Kardaras will dive into the sociological, psychological, cultural, and economic factors involved in the global tech epidemic with one major goal: to explore the effect all of our wonderful shiny new technology is having on kids. Glow Kids also includes an opt-out letter and a "quiz" for parents in the back of the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250146557
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 130,570
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

DR. NICHOLAS KARDARAS is one of the country’s foremost addiction experts and Executive Director of the Dunes—one of the world’s top rehabs. He is a Clinical Professor at Stony Brook Medicine, has taught neuropsychology at the doctoral-level, is the author of How Plato and Pythagoras Can Save Your Life (Conari, 2011), and is a frequent contributor to Psychology Today and Fox News.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Preface xv

Introduction: The Trouble with Tech 1

1 Invasion of the Glow Kids 7

2 Brave New e-World 35

3 Digital Drugs and the Brain 49

4 Interview with Dr. Doan: Neuroscientist and Recovering Video Gamer 75

5 The Big Disconnect: Texting and Social Media 81

6 Clinical Disorders and the Glow Kids Effect 113

7 Monkey See, Monkey Do: Mass Media Effects 133

8 Video Games and Aggression: The Research 147

9 Ripped from the Headlines: Real Cases of Video Game-Influenced Violence 161

10 The Newtown Massacre: Video Game Psychosis 173

11 Etan Patz and the End of Innocence-and Outdoor Play 189

12 Follow the Money: Screens and the Educational Industrial Complex 195

13 It's an e-World 223

14 The Solution: Escaping Plato's e-Cave 235

Appendix: Does My Child Have a Screen or Tech Addiction Problem? 247

Notes 253

References 263

Index 271

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