By Andrew P. Doan, MPH, MD, PhD This is an older article, but an excellent reminder that technology executives delay the introduction of mobile devices, search engines, and digital media with their children. This makes a lot of sense neurobiologically. The brain takes about 25 years to completely mature. By delaying mobile devices, digital technologies, […]
by Andrew P. Doan, MPH, MD, PhD We recommend delaying smartphones for kids until 14 years of age or high school. Before 14, there’s little need for a child to have access to a smartphone. During the high school years, more schools are using smartphone apps, and social status can be associated with owning a […]
By Andrew P. Doan, MPH, MD, PhD Gaming is big business. The profits from gaming associated with subscription revenues, hardware purchases, and microtransactions far exceed the profits from movies and books combined. One successful game can generate over $1 billion in annual revenue! With this amount of money at stake, Netflix is planning for a […]
Are your kids’ grades dropping because of video games and entertainment media?
By Andrew P. Doan, MPH, MD, PhD Based on the current research and our experience, we estimate that 10-20% of kids can moderate the use of digital screens, the majority will exhibit problematic use, and about 10% will have full-blown addictive issues that affect numerous areas of their lives. Even healthy kids have trouble moderating […]