Break Your Phone Addiction

How many times every hour do you check your phone? Five times? A dozen? More? How do all of these micro-interruptions change your day? Do they make you less productive? Effect your well-being? How might your life look if you were able to take control of the distractions? To literally silence your phone and dedicate…

Advising on screen time in Australia: Is the evidence up to the task?

Screens’ have been part of children’s lives for well over half a century, and we have been asking questions about their effects for just as long. The types of problems mentioned in guidelines in Australia and elsewhere, are not new, with many often mentioned in ‘limitations’ sections of published research. Surely it is time to move on from acknowledging, then ignoring,…

Wired guide to Internet addiction

You don’t need to see the stats to know it’s hard to put down your device—the muscle memory of pull-to-refresh, the devil of the red notification on your shoulder, the rush that follows a flood of likes, the Instagram envy, the FOMO, scrolling endlessly by screenlight instead of falling asleep. _____ Except that actual experts…

Meditation has been shown to help in stress reduction, and westernized mind-body practices are in vogue more than ever. But there’s one aspect of meditation in particular that might prove best for beating stress: a focus on openness and equanimity, known as acceptance training. A Carnegie Mellon University-led study offers the first scientific evidence that mindfulness…

The adolescent & teen years have always been a challenging time. Peer pressure, insecurity & hormones are just some of the issues facing those in these age groups. But does social media exacerbate these problems? These are nice Band-Aid solutions. But they don’t address the addictive nature of social media and the incredible amount of…