Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy | Psychology Today

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy;; Victoria L. Dunckley; In Psychology Today; 2015-08-18.
Teaser: 6 Ways electronic screen time makes kids angry, depressed and unmotivated.

Book

Victoria L. Dunckley; Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time; New World Library; 2015-06-23; 284 pages; kindle: #10, paper: $9+SHT; promotional site.

From the publisher’s summary at Amazon:

<quote>Dr. Dunckley has found that everyday use of interactive screen devices — such as computers, video games, smartphones, and tablets — can easily overstimulate a child’s nervous system, triggering a variety of stubborn symptoms. In contrast, she’s discovered that a strict, extended electronic fast single-handedly improves mood, focus, sleep, and behavior, regardless of the child’s diagnosis. It also reduces the need for medication and renders other treatments more effective. </quote>

Listicle

Screen-time …

  1. disrupts sleep and desynchronizes the body clock.
  2. desensitizes the brain’s reward system.
  3. produces “light-at-night.”
  4. induces stress reactions.
  5. overloads the sensory system
    fractures attention
    depletes mental reserves.
  6. reduces physical activity levels
    reduces exposure to “green time.”

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