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2/13/2018 Are kids actually addicted to technology? — Quartz https://qz.com/1202888/are-kids-actually-addicted-to-technology/ 1/4 HOOKED “It’s not a drug, but it may as well be”: Expert opinions on whether kids are addicted to tech Jenny Anderson February 09, 2018 Step away from the iPad. (Upsplash/Kelly Sikkema) Most people associate the word “addiction” with problems like gambling, alcoholism or drug abuse. But look at a child bent intently over the electric-blue glow of a smartphone, and it’s hard not to wonder whether we need to expand our deænition of “addiction”.
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2/13/2018 Are kids actually addicted to technology? — Quartz https://qz.com/1202888/are-kids-actually-addicted-to-technology/ 2/4 The question of whether kids are actually addicted to technology loomed large at a day-long conference Wednesday (Feb. 7) sponsored by Common Sense Media and the Center for Humane Technology. Robert Lustig, a professor of pediatrics focused on endocrinology at the University of Southern California and author of The Hacking of the American Mind , said at the conference the answer was unambiguously yes. “It’s not a drug, but it might as well be. It works the same way … it has the same results,” he said. Lustig studies what happens to our brains when they’re addicted, be it to sugar or heroin. He’s found that the brain responds to technology much in the same way it responds to other addictive substances. “Technology, like all other ‘rewards,’ can overrelease dopamine, overexcite and kill neurons, leading to addiction,” he said.
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