Research + News | Topic: Addiction

Are Teens Replacing Drugs with Social Media?

Today’s teens are a bunch of squares, according to the Monitoring the Future study from Michigan University, which has measured drug and alcohol use among teenagers since 1975. Every year, researchers survey approximately 45,000 eighth, 10th, and 12th graders, and their 2015 results show the lowest percentage of teens using alcohol and drugs since 1990. Read the full article here.

I Used To Be A Human Being: How Technology Almost Killed Me

“An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.”

By Andrew Sullivan for NYMag. Read the entire article here.

Internet Addiction Ups Risks Of Other Mental Health Problems

Youngsters spending excessive time on the internet are more likely to suffer from mental health problems including anxiety, inattention, depression, executive functioning issues, impulsiveness and ADHD.

Read the article here.

I Traded My iPhone For A Flip Phone And I’ve Never Been Happier

A teenage tells the tale of using a flip phone after breaking their iPhone. Read the story here.

Young Internet Users Say They Are Addicted to Their Devices

According to July 2016 research, more than half of internet users are addicted to them—and it’s most common among younger users. Read the article here.

Online Pornography Warping Adolescent Brains

Addiction, unhealthy relationships and rising levels of sexual abuse in youth is the reality of easy access to pornographic material. Read the full article here.

How Quickly Do Users Reach for Their Smartphones After Waking Up?

Many users commonly check texts or instant messages first thing every day. Read the report here.

How Internet Pornography Took over One Teenager’s Life

Therapist Hugh Martin believes the Internet has made pornography much more problematic than it was in the past.

Read the full article here.

Six Potential Downsides of Social Media

The first generation raised with social media must recognize that each introduction of new technology brings some unintended consequences with it. Tim Elmore suggests we find ways to counter the negative realities that coincide with the emergence of social media. Read his blog post here.

Majority of Vacationers Unable to Unplug

Despite good intentions, 55% of travelers who intend to unplug from their digital devices on vacation are unable to do so. Read the article here.