avatar Why Technology Does Not Make Us Happier Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Nov 4, 2015

Technology has come so far, just consider what we can do with it. Through our smart phones, tablets, and computers, we can: Play countless completely engaging and immersive games – and all the classics too! Basically listen to any song we want to hear at any time Buy anything we can afford (well, and things we  …Read More

avatar Technology as Supernormal Stimuli Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Oct 5, 2015

In my previous blog, I described one of the main ways we can get hooked on technology is through a variable ratio reinforcement schedule. There is another, perhaps even more influential, way in which we get drawn into using technology. Technology as supernormal stimuli can pull us into using it in ways that have a  …Read More

avatar Can Technology Be Addictive? Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Aug 26, 2015

So, I was at the gym the other day, and I couldn’t help but notice this twenty-something year old guy next to me who was lifting weights…and then sitting down on the bench for several minutes periodically to play Clash of Clans. If you don’t know about that game, just ask kid or teen! This  …Read More

avatar Avoiding the Temptation of Technology Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jul 9, 2015

Technology can be so alluring because it provide an easy way to get many of our psychological needs met (i.e., for belonging, power/esteem, freedom, fun). Moreover, many forms of technology (e.g., Facebook, texting, Twitter, Instagram, email, games such as Candy Crush, Dots) can be powerfully addictive in the same manner as gambling and even drugs.  …Read More

avatar Ways to Reduce Screen Time – Part 1 Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
May 25, 2015

I previously blogged about some of the dangers of screen time – some of the specific concerns and then what is likely the greatest harm of screen time. As parents, we want to keep our kids’ screen time from getting out of control. When we thinking about ways to reduce screen time, there are a number  …Read More

avatar The Greatest Harm of Screen Time Posted by admin
May 14, 2015

In my previous blog, I covered some concerns that parents have about kids’ technology use. As parents, we all want our kids to grow up to be successful. By “successful,” we ultimately mean things like happy, healthy, loved, loving, financially independent, with strong social relationships, and so on. While most parents share concerns about the dangers technology  …Read More

avatar Concerns about Kids’ Technology Use Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Apr 20, 2015

Technology isn’t good nor bad – it just is. In that way, it is like books. Books aren’t inherently better than computers or other technologies. For instance, Adolf Hitler wrote Mein Kampf….not the most wholesome book! Just as there are countless benefits to technology, there are countless ways that it can be harmful as well. As parents,  …Read More

avatar Trying to Control Our Kids Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Apr 3, 2015

You’ve probably heard this said countless times already, but it is true: Raising children can be one of the most rewarding and challenging endeavors we can ever undertake. Perhaps a slight asterisk here would be to clarify that raising kids to be happy, well-adjusted, productive adults is challenging. I guess one could say that it  …Read More

avatar Modeling Balanced Screen Time as Parents Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Mar 31, 2015

By now, we’ve all probably seen the Gandhi quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world” on a bumper sticker or heard it elsewhere. When it comes to parenting, a slight twist that can work well as a mantra is, “Be the change you want to see in your kids.” Perhaps no where is  …Read More

avatar “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” by Nicholas Carr (Book Recommendation) Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jun 11, 2011

I recently enjoyed the audiobook version of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. Yes, I did the audiobook version. Sometimes while I was driving. At double playback speed. Yes, I get the irony…or hypocrisy? In The Shallows, Mr. Carr chronicles the history of various ways we have dessimated information  …Read More