32 minutes | Jun 6th 2020

Kids, Mental Health, & Devices : increased device time equals diminished mental health

Liner Notes

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Episode Highlights

  • How the pandemic has impacted time management
  • Lessons learned from the stay at home order
  • We are all expendable
  • Time is the only constant in life
  • Time is the only currency that matters
  • Allocating our “time expenses”
  • Dunkin Donuts coffee versus Starbucks coffee
  • Increased content consumption because of the pandemic
  • Increased device time because of the pandemic
  • Why I can’t watch national morning shows anymore
  • How news delivery had changed our tolerance for facts
  • The impact of device time on young brains
  • Children born between 1995 and 2012 are the loneliest people on the planet
  • How loneliness can shorten your life span
  • Rising rates of depression among children
  • Social media use increases rates of depression and anxiety
  • Screen time is linked to diminished mental health
  • Reading on PAPER improves mental health outcomes and improves development and health of physical structures in the brain
  • How device use impacts sleep among teens
  • Impact of device time on the brain development of preschoolers
  • Impact of device time on long-term development of 8 to 12 year olds
  • How smartphone use among adolescents may trigger ADHD like symptoms and changes the brain
  • How screen-based activities make teens less happy
  • The Unlonely Project and using creative pursuits and bibliotherapy to improve mental health
  • Tips and tricks for parents to improve the mental health of their children
  • Tips and tricks for educators to improve the mental health of their student

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