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Do you freely post pictures of your children on social media?

"Attention is a resource: a person has only so much of it… What if we saw attention in the same way that we saw air or water, as a valuable resource?"1

Including Tips for Parents

In this edition, Benjamin Rosen, Ph.D., explores the complexity of the existing research on the effects of increased digital media consumption on children and adolescents.

The Grandparent Effect

If you find yourself sandwiched between two generations — your children and your aging parents — do all that you can to nurture their connection.1

Dim That Light

Settling youngsters down to sleep at night isn't always easy. Recent research suggests that the amount of exposure children have to bright light in the hour leading up to bedtime — whether emanating from light bulbs or electronic devices — can have a big impact on sleep-related behavior.

Hijacking Their Minds

There is increasing evidence that using smartphones, even just having them nearby, makes it harder to concentrate.

Let's Talk Facebook

For most of our sons and daughters, especially the tweens and teens, Facebook has become almost as essential as food, air and water. With adolescent identity development oriented so much around the peer group, Facebook and other social media are powerful vehicles mediating how our kids experience themselves within their social universe.

Invite Boredom

Has boredom become extinct?

Technoference

The title refers to a relatively recent cultural phenomenon: the interruptions and intrusions into our everyday lives by technology devices — devices that are always on and always present. When it comes to our primary relationships, technoference seems an insidious problem... and one that's affecting more and more couples. 

Women once sent love letters on scented stationery, hoping the fragrance would arouse the object of their affection. Those days are largely gone, but the wish to arouse a loved one still remains. Only the vehicles of communication have changed.