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Comment Re:The term 'addiction' is pretty much meaningless (Score 1) 103

It's not meaningless, it's just used incorrectly. Do teens go through physical withdrawal symptoms when they are forced to stay off of their mobile devices? I very much doubt it. Do they engage in risky or illegal activity to ensure they can continue using mobile phones? Does their mobile phone use severely impair their ability to function socially, academically, or otherwise? Possibly, but nowhere near the extent to which something like heroin or alcohol. Thus, one can't be addicted to a phone.

Comment Digital detox expert? (Score 1) 103

"Digital detox expert" cracked me up. I'm a Psychologist by education, and as far as I know, "digital detox expert" is not legit. I strongly doubt it is addiction in the same way we mean when we say, "Bob is addicted to opiates". Do teens go through physical withdrawal symptoms when smart phone use ceases? I mean, aside from being angsty and pissy (normal teen behavior).

Comment Sample of ONE (Score 1) 58

With a sample of one, I'm sure the FDA and his fellow Neuroscientists will be thrilled by his data. His research lacks any statistical power at all! I think it's cool that people are willing to risk brain damage to contribute to science (not sarcasm), but they should consider what it is they are actually contributing. How do we know that those particular neurons he singled out aren't unique to him? That is, their functional role in him could differ in some ways from those neurons in others. That's just one problem. There's plenty of others.

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