Resources & Inspiration 

How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day 

A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day, says design thinker Tristan Harris. From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays, they're all competing for one thing: your attention.  Check out the Center for Humane Technology whose mission is to advance thoughtful solutions to changing the system.  They are pressing the big tech companies to realign technology with humanities best interests.  

Truth About Tech: How Tech Has Kids Hooked

 

Are your kids addicted to technology? Six teens speak openly and honestly to Common Sense Media about their relationship with social media, gaming and getting caught up in technology.

The Secret to Living Longer May be Your Social Life 

The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to psychologist Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders healthy -- it's their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions. Learn more about super longevity as Pinker explains what it takes to live to 100 and beyond.

Films

Current movies that address social media, tech addiction and parenting in the digital age. 

Click the links to find a showing near you.

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A documentary about the impact of social media on our lives

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How tech impacts kids development and challenges of parenting in the digital world

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Focus on helping young people thrive in our current digital world

Common Sense Media

A resource for families, providing independent reviews, age ratings and other information about all kinds of media.  Common Sense provides education and advocacy to promote safe technology and media use. www.commonsensemedia.org​

​Healthy Children /American Academy of Pediatrics

Tips for families including an online Family Media Plan which can be useful for setting up tech boundaries with young children - www.healthychildren.org

Articles

10 ways to help you break free from your phone - The Daily Mind, January 15, 2018

Why you need an untouchable day every week - Harvard Business Review, Neil Pasricha, March 16, 2018.   Pasricha is an author and keynote speaker who previously worked as Director of Leadership Development at Walmart.  He created Untouchable Days which are an excellent way for getting back on track and achieving creative and rewarding work. Pasricha says he was 10 times more productive on his Untouchable Days.

Salesforce's Marc Benioff unplugged for two weeks, and had a revelation that could change the tech industry - CNBC, January 5, 2019

Multi-tasking damages your brain and your career, new studies suggest- Talent Smart, Travis Bradberry, Ph.D.  October, 2014.  New studies show that multi-tasking kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. 

Why the modern world is bad for your brain - The Guardian, Daniel J Levitin. January 18, 2015.  In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient.

Digital disabilities — text neck, cellphone elbow — are painful and growing - Washington Post, Joanne Cavanaugh Simpson, June 13, 2016.  Discusses how typing, swiping and tapping are exerting stress on an array of muscles, nerves and tendons.  A head bent 45 degrees forward — a typical tilt while one is texting — exerts a force on the spine of nearly 50 pounds.

Will Apple and Google really fix our internet addiction? - Time to Log Off, Joe Paul.  June 7, 2018. 

Tech giants Apple and Google release new tools to help address the screen time addiction issue.

What screen time can really do to kids' brains - Psychology Today, Liraz Margalit Ph.D. April 17, 2016.

Studies connect delayed cognitive development in kids with extended exposure to electronic media.

What the Research Says About the Impact of Media on Children Aged 0-3 Years Old - Screen Sense, Zero to Three Program, Oct 25, 2018. 

You’re too addicted to your phone to quit cold turkey—here’s what to do instead -  Popular Science, Whitson Gordon, September 24, 2018. Some ideas on how to trick your brain into puting down your device.

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia - The Guardian, Paul Lewis. Oct 6, 2017.  Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention.

Smart phone addiction could be changing your brain - CNN, Sandee LaMotte.  December 1, 2017.

Being addicted to your smartphone can affect your safety and your health.  New research shows a connection to a lack of neural chemicals that affect your ability to focus.

Screen time vs. play time: what tech leaders won't let their own kids do - The Guardian, Amy Fleming May 23, 2015.  Steve Jobs and Jonathon Ive designed some of the world's most desirable tech - but imposed strict limits on their own children using it.  What rules do others set?