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Tips and strategies to increase happiness and life satisfaction in a hyper-connected world.
Mike Brooks Ph.D.
Video games aren't to blame for mass shootings, but hatred might be. But where is the hatred coming from, and what can we do about it?
Rutger Hauer recently passed away at the age of 75. His portrayal of villain Roy Batty in the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner is haunting, perhaps because of the truth he reveals.
Social media in the not-too-distant future could turn really ugly. While sci-fi shows might focus on the negatives, some of this is happening already.
We want to live the "good life," so we want to know what improves our happiness. But transcendent experiences can't be quantified.
There's a lot of concern expressed over the effects screens are having on us, especially kids and teens. The "real" harm might be different than what we read in the headlines.
What were your media experiences like as a kid? As parents, we are concerned about the "harms" caused by screens. Some of these harms are hidden and difficult to measure.
As parents, we want to know exactly how screens are affecting our kids—but in reality, it's difficult to determine.
It's difficult to know the truth regarding how screens are affecting us. Some insights by way of Daniel Kahneman might help us shed some new light on this important issue.
Part of the "magic" of shows like "Game of Thrones" lies not in what happens on the screen, but in what happens off the screen.
We have gotten in the habit of checking our phones in the presence of others. This can be problematic. Perhaps we ought to think of checking the phone like blowing the nose.
We spend a lot of time using social media, and "likes" are one of the hooks that keep us posting. But the reality is, no one cares about our posts.
We all experience the powerful pull of social media. We are bit like moths that are drawn to flame. While we are much more evolved than moths, there are some curious parallels.
With some mindful changes, we can get more out of our screens and reduce some of the negatives that come from compulsive use.
What's the "best" approach to parenting? We should be involved in kids' lives, but shouldn't be helicopter parents. A more balanced approach is the way to go.
There is a cautionary tale within Frankenstein that might help us tame the "monster" some of our technologies have become.
There is much division in America, with "The Wall" quite symbolic of it. What's one reason underlying this divide, and how can we move forward?
Why do our screens seem irresistible? The "Vegas Effect" is one of the reasons. Through understanding, resistance is not futile.
Screens offer many real benefits, but it's also extremely easy to overdo it.
The stream of news about the effects of screen use can be alarming, but at other times it can seem like there's nothing to worry about. What's the deal?
Kids often have video games or consoles at the top of their Christmas wish list—but it can be tough for parents to decide whether to indulge these requests.
With so much political tension in the air, holiday gatherings can be stressful and tense. These strategies can help navigate treacherous waters.
If you are a parent of a young child, you might be wondering what the "right" age is to get him or her a smartphone. It's such a big decision, and we want to be careful.
Why do we keep checking our phones? What is this strange power they have over us? Oddly as it sounds, a little fish provides some of the answers.
Why is it so difficult to put our smartphones down? Ivan Pavlov's classical conditioning is one mechanism that makes them irresistible.
For far too long, we've lacked the tools to track and manage our kids' screen time. Finally, both Apple and Google have features in their new operating systems to do just that.
Perhaps your kid is one of the millions of players of the hottest video game, Fortnite. With all of the time that kids (and adults!) are spending on this game, could it be harmful?
We need to unplug to create sacred spaces for our well-being. Here are some tips to do that in an increasingly hyper-connected world.
Why should we create sacred spaces in our day? With the hustle and bustle of living in this hyper-connected world, we need to carve out times and spaces to "recharge."
The consequences of overuse and misuse of screen time can be so high that parents sometimes need to intervene in a strong fashion–when and how?
We want to give our kids encouragement and advice that supports their success. But there is a certain bit of "wisdom," which you are probably giving, that can do the opposite.
Mike Brooks, Ph.D., is a psychologist who specializes in helping parents and families find greater balance and life satisfaction within an increasingly hyper-connected world.