Author(s): Nicholas Kardaras
From addiction expert Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, a startling argument that technology has profoundly affected the brains of children and not for the better.
We've all seen them: kids hypnotically staring at glowing screens in restaurants, in playgrounds and in friends' houses and the numbers are growing. Like a virtual scourge, the illuminated glowing faces - the Glow Kids - are multiplying. But at what cost? Is this just a harmless indulgence or fad like some sort of digital hula-hoop? Some say that glowing screens might even be good for kids - a form of interactive educational tool.
Don't believe it. In Glow Kids, Dr. Nicholas Kardaras will examine how technology - more specifically, age inappropriate screen tech, with all of its glowing ubiquity has profoundly affected the brains of an entire generation. Brain imaging research is showing that stimulating glowing screens are as dopaminergic (dopamine activating) to the brain's pleasure center as sex. And a growing mountain of clinical research correlates screen tech with disorders like ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, increased aggression, and even psychosis. Most shocking of all, recent brain imaging studies conclusively show that excessive screen exposure can neurologically damage a young person's developing brain in the same way that cocaine addiction can.
Kardaras will dive into the sociological, psychological, cultural, and economic factors involved in the global tech epidemic with one major goal: to explore the effect all of our wonderful shiny new technology is having on kids.
"Details how compulsive technology usage and reliance on screens can neurologically damage the developing brain of a child the same way that drug addiction can." --Vice
"Glow Kids is a must-read for parents, prospective parents, educators and anyone interested in learning about how the screens we look at every day affect us." --Dan's Papers
"Every parent and teacher and those who work with youth should read this book to be informed about the downside of what many of us have seen as a tremendous advancement in civilization." --New York Journal of Books
"Groundbreaking...examines the detrimental effects of technology addiction on the developing brains of young children." --The Fix
"Kardaras' eye-opening study is sure to spark discussions among parents and educators." --Booklist
"Kardaras reminds us that technology can insidiously and unpredictably turn against us. Glow Kids is a paradigm shifting, mind bending account of excess and tragedy that should serve as a clarion call to rethink our ever evolving relationship with advancing technology." --Dr. Howard J. Shaffer, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"In this important new book Nick Kardaras draws our attention to a growing problem - the addiction many children are developing to digital media. Drawing on extensive research and his experience as a therapist, Karadas warns us of the dangers we are exposing many of our children to, and what can be done to address it. For parents, educators and anyone who wants to ensure that this generation of children will have the opportunity to grow up to become healthy adults, this book an invaluable resource and a wake up call about the risks they face when we allow unfettered access to 'screen time.'" --Pedro A. Noguera, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Education at UCLA
DR. NICHOLAS KARDARAS is one of the country s foremost addiction experts and Executive Director of the Dunes one of the world s top rehabs. He is a Clinical Professor at Stony Brook Medicine, has taught neuropsychology at the doctoral-level, is the author of How Plato and Pythagoras Can Save Your Life (Conari, 2011), and is a frequent contributor to Psychology Today and Fox News."