#30 How The Internet Is Messing With Our Brains. Abigail Baird: How Do We Fix It?
Our guest, Professor Abigail Baird,is a developmental psychologist,expert on the teenage brain and mother of two young children. She says technology has great benefits, but also could have a negative impact on our conversations, memory and social life.
The brain's craving for novelty - for constant stimulation and instant gratification - makes our tech toys seem irresistible. So how do we put balance in our lives?
Abigail's fixes include time-out zones and no-screen places and events. Parents, she says, "should consider what is best for their families. For instance, I love the idea of 'no phone in the car.'"
Another tip for parents is to beware of tethering - when college students sometimes call home at least several times a day.
"Hard as it is for parents, once kids head off to college, they really need to rely on their interpersonal networks at school, not calling home."
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