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Texting young persons’ brains function as if on drugs
Neurological damage to a developing brain similar to cocaine addiction

Texting teens
Photo credit: NBC News

– Dear readers;
Last Sunday, I was listening to the car’s radio news while driving and took note of a study about how teen texting has been associated with neurological damage to a developing young person’s brain similar to cocaine addiction. So many stories on this issue have been released in the last few years demonstrating the loss of cognitive and social skills among our young people, leaving them far less equipped to handle today’s world than those without smart-phone screen addictions. Recent reports and an excellent book below:

Story Highlights:
* “Texting on Smartphones Muddling Teen’s Brain Functions”
* “How Has Texting Affected the Social Lives of Teens?”
* “Text Messaging with Smartphones Triggers a New Type of Brain Rhythm”
* Book – “Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids-and How to Break the Trance”

– “How Has Texting Affected the Social Lives of Teens?”
“Talking on the phone is so old school. Most teens today prefer texting. About 75 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States own cellphones, and 75 percent of these teens send text messages, according to the Pew Research Center’s Pew 2010 Internet and American Life Project. More than half of these teens text daily. With texting outpacing other forms of communication, you have to wonder how this technology shift alters the social lives and behavior of today’s teens.”
[Key paragraphs include:]
* Teen Texting Patterns
* Social Impact
* More Social Effects
* Texting and Risky Behavior
By Jayne Blanchard, Livestrong.com.
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– “Texting on Smartphones Muddling Teen’s Brain Functions”
By Karen Joseph, TheOneSpy.com.
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– “Text Messaging with Smartphones Triggers a New Type of Brain Rhythm”
“Sending text messages on a smartphone can change the rhythm of brain waves, according to a new study published in Epilepsy & Behavior.

People communicate increasingly via text messaging, though little is known on the neurological effects of smartphone use. To find out more about how our brains work during textual communication using smartphones, a team led by Mayo Clinic researcher William Tatum analyzed data from 129 patients. Their brain waves were monitored over a period of 16 months through electroencephalograms (EEGs) combined with video footage,” quoting Elsevier.
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– Excellent book on this subject:
“Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids-and How to Break the Trance”
“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,” quoting Amazon.

Book review
“Details how compulsive technology usage and reliance on screens can neurologically damage the developing brain of a child the same way that drug addiction can.” ― Vice
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– UPDATE: July 23, 2017
“Experts Warn New Tech Will Create ‘Invisible Killing Fields’ Across America And ‘Gestapo-Like Tactics’ Are Being Used To Silence This Information”
By Stefan Stanford, All News Pipeline.
Editor’s note: The mainstream news hotlinks in this article are very valuable.
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Posted by Steve on July 21, 2017 at 12:03 am | Permalink

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