By Andrew P. Doan, MPH, MD, PhD This post is to help parents understand the mechanics behind the free-to-play games in the “gacha genre”. The new iPhones and iPads are extremely powerful and pack processing power that is faster than many laptops. Game designers are moving to a new free-to-play model called “gacha”. These games, […]
How many people are affected by internet gaming disorder?
By Andrew P. Doan, MPH, MD, PhD These are the estimated stats for 18 year-olds who are addicted to gaming and digital media in the United States. There are 325 million Americans. 12% Americans are in the 18-24 age group = 39 million individuals. 39/7 = 5.6 million who are 18 year-olds. 9% addiction rate […]
Can digital media and gaming be a poison to the brain?
By Andrew Doan, MPH, MD, PhD Dr. Paracelsus, a physician in the 1500s and the father of toxicology, stated “All things are poison and nothing is without poison; only the dose makes a thing not a poison.” This means water, air, and even digital media and gaming can be toxins in high doses. Cris Rowan, […]