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Tips and strategies to increase happiness and life satisfaction in a hyper-connected world.
Mike Brooks Ph.D.
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.
The holidays often mean new video games and devices combined with lots of down time. Screens offer many benefits, but it's 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.
Friendships are essential to our happiness. How do we nourish them?
With kids these days, it's a given that some screen problems will emerge. How are we to address these problems effectively when they do?
As parents, what's the best way to minimize screen problems? As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Being a parent is so rewarding, but we all know it can be very challenging as well. What's the foundation for effective parenting?
Practically every parent struggles with managing the pull of screens. While there are many strategies, the Tech Happy Life Model represents an organizing framework or approach.
A new digital disorder is listed in the 11th Edition of the International Classification of Diseases. But is too much video gaming really a mental health problem?
The recent suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade rocked many of us. How could these people who "had it all" end their own lives? What does "having it all" really mean?
With all of the many benefits that our screens provide, it's puzzling that they don't seem to be making us a lot happier. How can this be?
Teens (and adults) are on our screens a lot. What's the key that we (and they) must keep in mind to ensure that happiness isn't taking a hit?
It's practically the universal struggle of parents: limiting our kids' screen time. This is a particular challenge during the summer. What can we do as parents?
Should adults really be concerned about Generation Z? Or are we just wringing our hands about the younger generation - just like every generation does?
How do we live a happy life in a hyper-connected world? This video can help you navigate these sometimes treacherous waters.
Our screens provide us with many benefits. One would think they would increase our happiness, too, but that doesn't seem to be the case. What's going on?
Is our screen use contributing to overall societal happiness? Exploring this question yields some curious findings.
There's a lot of concern about how young people are using screens these days. Are we just in another generational "moral panic" or are there real reasons to be worried?
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.