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


avatar The Problem of Technology “Addiction” – What We Can Do About It Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Apr 20, 2011

So, I’ve now gone through why I think that technology can be “addictive,” (see previous posts An Addiction vs. A Problem and The Neuroscience of Tech Addiction)  although I think it is important to not got get too hung up on the exact terminology. It is typically easier to discern whether it is a problem by  …Read More


avatar The Problem of Technology “Addiction” – The Neuroscience of Tech Addiction Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Mar 21, 2011

Before we even tackle why various technologies can be addictive,  a clear concern about Facebook, texting, email, video games, etc. is that they can become so compelling that we stop engaging in other need-satisfying activities. To borrow a term from the economic world, any technology that we become enamored with creates an “opportunity cost.” What aren’t we  …Read More


avatar The Problem of Technology “Addiction” – An Addiction vs. A Problem Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Mar 8, 2011

I was recently interviewed on KXAN regarding technology addiction.  Too much technology may tweak your life: kxan.com Given some of the constraints inherent in a TV news cast, I thought I’d follow up with some additional thoughts on this fascinating and timely topic. I’ve presented on the topic of technology addiction to various schools around Austin, and  …Read More