Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 90 of The New Family Podcast where we look at the impact technology is having on our brains and those of our kids.
When the kids are off from school over the summer, and you’re trying to keep the kids entertained at home or on long car rides, chances are good they’re going to be on their favourite devices a little more than usual. And frankly, whatever time of year you’re listening, this can be an issue. Our kids’ iPods, computers and gaming systems are all pretty alluring—as our smart phones are for us. If your kids seem to be spending unhealthy amounts of time gaming, not only is this affecting their health mentally, it’s also having an impact on their physical health. Some parents like to buy gaming chairs for their children, in order to make sure they’re supported whilst they game. There are many benefits a gaming chair offers. Improved posture, comfort and lumbar support are just a few of them and you should check out the top-rated gaming chairs picked by Coolest Gadgets. They looked at all the models on the market and picked the best ones. This could be one way of trying to make sure your child is in good physical health as they spend all of their summer gaming. However, your child constantly gaming will likely have a negative impact on their brain.
My guest on this episode is Dr. Mari Swingle, a neurotherapist, behavioral specialist and author of a new book called iMinds: How Cell Phones, Computers, Gaming and Social Media are Changing Our Brains, Our Behavior and the Evolution of our Species. But don’t worry. This isn’t another guilt-inducing report suggesting that technology will bring about the death of our social skills and attentions spans. Dr. Swingle is here to talk to us not just about the dangers of constant connectivity, but about the positive steps we can take to embrace new technology while protecting our well-being and steering our future in a more human direction.
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