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50% of teens feel addicted to their phones, poll says. A new poll that confirms just how much teens depend on their phones gives me even more to worry about.

50% of teens feel addicted to their phones, poll says

"If your teens would prefer gaming indoors, alone, as opposed to going out to the movies, meeting friends for burgers or any of the other ways that teens build camaraderie, you may have a problem. " How many teens are truly addicted to their devices and the Internet? It is difficult to say. A 2011 review of 18 research studies found that Internet addiction might affect between zero and 26% of adolescents and college students in the United States, according to Common Sense Media. And, while Internet addiction is viewed as a public health threat in other parts of the world, it is not yet a recognized disorder in the United States.

The Elderly Woman In This Photo Is a Reminder to Us All to Put Down Our Phones - Black Mass Premiere Viral Photo. Believe us, we get it—it's all too easy to get caught up in what's happening on your smartphone rather than simply enjoying the moment.

The Elderly Woman In This Photo Is a Reminder to Us All to Put Down Our Phones - Black Mass Premiere Viral Photo

But sometimes you have to remind yourself to just put down that phone and live. Moment – Automatically track your and your family's daily iPhone and iPad use. In South Korea, a rehab camp for Internet-addicted teenagers. Digital Detox: How to Break Your Bad Tech Habits. We live in a constantly connected world.

Digital Detox: How to Break Your Bad Tech Habits

150 Friends on Facebook? You're Close to Only 4. Uk.businessinsider. Why screen time before bed is bad for children. Electronic devices intrude on time for sleep The presence and use of these devices is incredibly widespread.

Why screen time before bed is bad for children

A 2006 survey showed that nearly all adolescents have at least one electronic device in their bedroom. Given this, and the increasing exposure to screen time – particularly in the hours before bedtime – it is perhaps not surprising that screen time is now associated with insufficient and poor quality sleep. But the relationship between screen time and sleep is more complex than that. Screen time could be negatively influencing sleep in many ways. Feature: Can your mobile phone make you healthier? Fitbit activity trackers come with a “manifesto.”

Feature: Can your mobile phone make you healthier?

Over a photo of a fierce-eyed jogger, the company’s website proclaims: “Every moment matters and every bit makes a big impact. Because fitness is the sum of your life.” Roughly 20 million people have found that message compelling enough to order a Fitbit. Why Sexting Is So Common Among Teens. News from The Associated Press. CANON CITY, Colo.

News from The Associated Press

(AP) -- More than 100 students involved in a sexting scandal at a southern Colorado high school will not face criminal charges, a prosecutor announced Wednesday in a case that illustrated the digitally saturated reality of sexting cases across the country. Fremont County District Attorney Thom LeDoux said the investigation into the scandal at Canon City High School failed to show any adults were involved. 25 Effective Tech Tips for the Easily Distracted. Install StayFocused: You don’t necessarily have to be prone to being distracted to sit down to work only to find yourself shopping for pearl snap shirts on eBay and wondering how you got there.

25 Effective Tech Tips for the Easily Distracted

StayFocused is a Google Chrome plug-in that lets you decide up front how much time to allow yourself to burn on those time-wasting sites before it cuts you off cold.Track yourself with RescueTime: If you’re not quite ready to let StayFocused dictate your web browsing, try RescueTime. It records where you click and how much time you spend there so that you can see the depressing results in all their graphed glory. If and when you decide to make some changes, it also includes the option to start blocking sites altogether.Set a limit on email checks: It’s not your fault, checking email is literally addictive. While it’s a great advancement to be able to check email from virtually anywhere, it’s also a productivity killer, so set a max of how many times you’ll check to see if you’ve got mail. The Long Game: 4 Essentials for a Successful Mindfulness Program.

Now that the mindfulness in education movement is nearing the end of its first decade, there are a few schools that have built exemplary mindfulness programs.

The Long Game: 4 Essentials for a Successful Mindfulness Program

In Implementing a Schoolwide Mindfulness Program, I looked at the ten things to consider while developing your program. This post looks at the key ingredients and lessons learned from successful mindfulness programs that are more than five years old. I've studied dozens of these programs at public and private schools across the world, and I've found four components that lead to the successful development of any such program. #FOMO Leads To Depression And Anxiety In Teen Social Media Users. Teens today admit they suffer from FOMO or the fear of missing out on social media, a report in Australia revealed.

#FOMO Leads To Depression And Anxiety In Teen Social Media Users

FOMO elevates their levels of anxiety and stress, and may even contribute to depression, experts said. (Photo : Marius Berthelsen | Pixabay) A report revealed that most teenagers today suffer from the fear of missing out or FOMO which is generated when they use social media. Experts from the Australian Psychological Society found FOMO elevates anxiety levels of teenagers and may contribute to depression. The findings, released [pdf] in the 2015 National Stress and Wellbeing in Australia Survey, measured the levels of stress that Aussies experience and how the use of social media affects their behavior and well-being.

Keng Review of studies on mindfulness. Edutopia. By objective measures, our young people are more anxious, more depressed, and have more psychopathology in general than students did a few decades ago.


This has important implications for educators, school administrators, and society at large. What if our traditional school systems are unwittingly contributing to the problem -- and what if a relatively simple practice could help? Sense of Failure. How social technologies and human behavior are changing the aftermath of disasters. How do people use social technologies to communicate and work together after disasters? And how can those technologies be improved to facilitate that communication? Those were two of the core issues addressed by Kate Starbird, assistant professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington, during her talk at the recent GeekWire Summit. Starbird discussed the emerging field of crisis informatics — the study of how information-communication technologies are used during crisis events. How Has Technology Affected Human Behavior? (Guest Blog by JaguarPC)

The following guest post comes to us from JaguarPC, a web hosting services company based out of Colorado Springs and the original leader in VPS hosting. Enjoy their following insights and be sure to visit their bio below to connect with them on the web! Technology has never been more influential than it is today. How Technology Is Reshaping Human Behavior (And What You Should Do About It) Earlier this week, I had the privilege to present the opening address keynote at Frost & Sullivan’s Executive MindXchange at the JW Marriott in Tucson, AZ to a group of more than 300 customer experience and contact center executives from organizations like American Express, Citigroup, Intuit, Eli Lilly, Cardinal Health, Victoria’s Secret, Discover Financial Services, Kohl’s, Nokia, Hyundai, Schneider Electric, and others.

I’ve included the entire deck below. Below are some brief accompanying thoughts: Customers have unprecedented speed and access to anything and anyone from anywhere. 5 Ways “Tech Addiction” Is Changing Human Behaviour. Terry and Clarence Low, Bits ‘N’ Bytes: Ways to combat ‘smartphone addiction’ 15 ways to overcome smartphone addiction. Addicted to Your Mobile Phone? 5 Ways to Beat Your Phone Addiction. A six-step program for breaking your smartphone addiction. Can one be mindful while using social media and smartphones? Uk.businessinsider. Why we should rethink our relationship with the smartphone. Teen Internet Use Graphic. Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say? : NPR Ed. Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles.

The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that sixth-graders who went five days without exposure to technology were significantly better at reading human emotions than kids who had regular access to phones, televisions and computers. The UCLA researchers studied two groups of sixth-graders from a Southern California public school. One group was sent to the Pali Institute, an outdoor education camp in Running Springs, Calif., where the kids had no access to electronic devices. For the other group, it was life as usual. At the beginning and end of the five-day study period, both groups of kids were shown images of nearly 50 faces and asked to identify the feelings being modeled. Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static : NPR Ed.

Internet and Computer Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, and Help for Balancing Your Time Online and Off. Social Presence Theory — Time Barrow. Social presence theory. Classification[edit] Social presence theory classifies different communication media along a one-dimensional continuum of social presence, where the degree of social presence is equated to the degree of awareness of the other person in a communication interaction (Sallnas, Rassmus-Grohn, & Sjostrom, 2000). According to social presence theory, communication is effective if the communication medium has the appropriate social presence required for the level of interpersonal involvement required for a task.

On a continuum of social presence, the face-to-face medium is considered to have the most social presence, and written, text-based communication the least. It is assumed in social presence theory that in any interaction involving two parties, both parties are concerned both with acting out certain roles and with developing or maintaining some sort of personal relationship. Emergence of the Social Presence Theory[edit] Definition[edit] Significance[edit] Conclusion[edit] See also[edit] The Online Disinhibition Effect.

The online disinhibition effect has cost people their jobs, their income and their relationships, yet many are still oblivious to it. The first famous case of someone allegedly losing their job from indiscreet remarks made online was in 2002. Heather Armstrong, author of the blog ‘dooce‘, claimed she was fired after her colleagues discovered she’d been lampooning them online. In internet terms getting fired for a blog rant is ancient news; to make the headlines now your indiscretions have to be on Twitter or Facebook. One recent example was this girl who was ‘Facebook fired’ after she said exactly what she thought of her boss on Facebook after a bad day at work. What she’d forgotten was they were Facebook friends, so the update would appear front and centre the next time he logged into Facebook.

UNDIGITIZE.ME - Dealing with Smartphone Addiction. Stop Googling. Let’s Talk. Are We Plugged-In, Connected, But Alone? Have We Grown Too Fond Of Technology? Making The Case For Face To Face In An Era Of Digital Conversation. UNDIGITIZE.ME - Dealing with Smartphone Addiction.