What Research Really Tells Us About The Video Game Addiction

What Research Really Tells Us About The Video Game Addiction

That’s the dramatic headline screaming across a New York Post article, by a Dr. Nicholas Kardaras (2016), which many readers sent to me shortly after it was first published. In the article, Kardaris claims, “We now know that those iPads, smartphones, and Xboxes are a form of a digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control— in exactly the same way that cocaine does.” Although Kardaras attributes these horrendous effects to all sorts of screen use, he particularly singles out video gaming, when he says: “That’s right—your kid’s brain...

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