The distracted adult syndrome

Too much screen time is bad for children, says Dr. Nicolas Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids—and How to Break the Trance.

In fact, Dr. Kardaras concludes, that brain imaging studies show that excessive screen exposure can damage a young person’s developing brain in the same way that cocaine can.

Too much screen time isn’t good for parents and their children either. In a recent interview on National Public Radio, Dr. Kardaras talked about “the distracted parent syndrome.” The distracted parent, of course, is the parent who’s answering text message instead of talking to his or her children.

But it’s not just parents and their children who can be distracted, I thought as I remembered interrupting a conversation with a friend to check my text messages.

I don’t think I’m addicted to text messages. But, I’m going to put my phone on silent the next time I talk to a friend—and pay undistracted attention to our conversation.
–Joy

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