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 […]
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, […]
“Reports have emerged that children are seeing the viral challenge show up on Facebook or YouTube, and in some cases even in video games. The vile “Momo suicide game” has been garnering attention after it started spreading on WhatsApp, prompting police warnings. If players fail to complete the challenges in the game, they receive threatening […]
Speech delay and autistic symptoms are reduced when digital media is removed
Speech therapists and autism interventionists are discovering that removal of digital media from young children with speech delay or autistic symptoms changes their developmental trajectory. Bottom line up front is that digital media exposure too early in kids damages language development and may even cause autistic symptoms.