Glow Kids

Glow Kids

How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids--and How to Break the Trance

Book - 2016
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The addiction expert author of How Plato and Pythagoras Can Save Your Life presents a controversial argument that technology has negatively affected the brains of today's children, linking screen tech to a range of disorders while making recommendations for minimizing technology use.

McMillan Palgrave

We’ve all seen them: kids hypnotically staring at glowing screens in restaurants, in playgrounds and in friends' houses—and the numbers are growing. Like a virtual scourge, the illuminated glowing faces—the Glow Kids—are multiplying. But at what cost? Is this just a harmless indulgence or fad like some sort of digital hula-hoop? Some say that glowing screens might even be good for kids—a form of interactive educational tool.

Don’t believe it.

In Glow Kids, Dr. Nicholas Kardaras will examine how technology—more specifically, age-inappropriate screen tech, with all of its glowing ubiquity—has profoundly affected the brains of an entire generation. Brain imaging research is showing that stimulating glowing screens are as dopaminergic (dopamine activating) to the brain’s pleasure center as sex. And a growing mountain of clinical research correlates screen tech with disorders like ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, increased aggression, and even psychosis. Most shocking of all, recent brain imaging studies conclusively show that excessive screen exposure can neurologically damage a young person’s developing brain in the same way that cocaine addiction can.

Kardaras will dive into the sociological, psychological, cultural, and economic factors involved in the global tech epidemic with one major goal: to explore the effect all of our wonderful shiny new technology is having on kids. Glow Kids also includes an opt-out letter and a "quiz" for parents in the back of the book.

& Taylor

Argues that technology has negatively affected the brains of today's children, linking screen tech to a range of disorders while making recommendations for minimizing technology use.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250097996
Branch Call Number: 616.8584 KARDA


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Jan 23, 2019

I'm the parent of two teens and my occupation is directly tied to students and technology. This book is a must read for anyone who has children, has a job connected to today's youth, or has a concern about the generation growing up in the ubiquitous "glow" of a screen. (So yes, by that I mean this is an important book for just about everyone to read!) The author writes from a position of great expertise and keenly presents the works of others in the fields of addiction recovery, brain science, and child development. Yes technology is here to stay and we must give credit to its incredible contributions in advancing medicine, education, etc. - but it's negative impacts and addictive qualities in our culture cannot be ignored. This book will definitely give you plenty to think about - whether evaluating your own relationship with tech, or its role in your family / workplace.

Jan 04, 2017

Must read for parents and educators!

ArapahoeSarah Sep 29, 2016

A fantastic analysis of the effects of screens-- particularly videogames and social media--on the human brain. The book primarily focuses on children, but also underscores the implications of too much screen time when those children transition into adulthood. A great book to read if one is curious as to why so many kids in this day and age are glued to their phones. One criticism is that it did not include much positive research regarding technology; therefore, I felt a sense of dread about the current situation in the world. However, the author did suggest good methods of decreasing a child's dependence on screen-viewing.


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