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Apple Offers Tools to Help with Smartphone Addiction

Apple has unveiled new tools to help people control their smartphone use, after facing accusations that its technology is "addictive". A tool called Screen Time will create daily and weekly activity reports, the technology giant announced on Monday at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose. The reports will detail how long you spend in [...]

By |2018-06-07T19:51:40+11:00June 7th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Teacher’s Warning to Parents

"Your kids are living in a world that you are not invited to be part of. And they know how to keep you out." That's the stark warning one teacher has issued to parents about their teens' use of social media, urging them to "wake up". Skipper Coates, from Pleasant Grove, Utah, asked her 14 [...]

Are We Raising Digital Monsters?

There is research that demonstrates that most everything you do on a screen is correlated with unhappiness, Jean Twenge told me when I first asked her whether we're raising digital monsters. Twenge, a professor of psychology and the author of the book, iGen, also noted the exact opposite to be true. Most everything you do off [...]

Rewards for Students Who Put Down Phones

An app that rewards students for time spent away from their phones is being released in the UK. Hold was developed by three students who met at Copenhagen Business School and wanted to develop something to help with the issue of device distraction. It has proved popular in Scandinavia, with more than 120,000 users across [...]

From Distraction to Addiction

I'm sick to death of my phone and I definitely display problematic behaviours toward it. I couldn't find it the other night and spent 20 panicked minutes turning the house upside down. I think technology, and especially social media use, are the recreational drugs of the modern era. Everyone seems addicted. We can't go anywhere [...]

Schools Grapple With Technology

The television ads for children's shoes and stationery tell us it's back-to-school time, bringing with it the thorny perennial public wrangling about equity and government funding. There will also be much time and attention devoted to the growing debate about the role of selective schools. If NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes intends pursuing changes to [...]

By |2018-01-29T16:21:39+11:00January 29th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Falling Out of Love With Technology

I've been writing about the technology industry for much of this decade, and now I have an awkward admission: I've fallen out of love with technology. When I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area about six years ago as a technology journalist, I was struck by the feeling that this was the only remaining [...]

Are Smartphones The New Weapon Against Anxiety?

New research has revealed that apps installed on smartphones can be used to significantly reduce anxiety. Published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, the study is the first ever meta-analysis of all published evidence on the effect of smartphone-based therapies on anxiety in 1,837 people. The research is a collaboration between The University of Manchester, [...]

By |2017-05-29T09:50:49+11:00May 29th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Can Technology Transform Mental Health Care?

Death to Stock Any conversation focused on what's great about America usually includes a mention of optimism, hopefulness or some variation on the theme. Americans generally still believe in a brighter future, and especially the ways in which technology can enable that future. But that sense of optimism contains a kernel of potential [...]

Using an iPad or Smartphone Can Harm A Toddler’s Learning and Social Skills

Children younger than 30 months “cannot learn from television and videos as they do from real-life interactions.” And to use a mobile device before that age on tasks that aren’t educational can be “detrimental to the social-emotional development of the child.” Of particular concern, according to the recommendations, was how such technology could “interfere” with [...]