Tablets and Toddlers are a Poor Mix

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The toddler is seen working magic as she presses the screen and squeals in delight as the screen changes.  Later, the same toddler can be seen furiously swiping her finger across a magazine and looking fully dismayed that the magazine is not “working” the right way. This is a description of a popular video on YouTube and begs the question, “When is an appropriate time…

Video Games Role in Boys Friendships

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The teenager rushed into the house after getting home from school. He quickly nodded towards his mom before turning on his Xbox. His mom heard him muttering into a headset, “We need to form an alpha team so we can encircle them.” The teen stayed glued to the screen, playing on his Xbox for the next couple of hours. His mother is getting concerned about…

Using Tech to Monitor Teens Mood

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Jenny is in one of her moods again,” said her mother. “I just wish she would let me know what is bothering her. Every time I try to ask her about what is going on, she just growls and storms up to her room.” The teen years can be a difficult transition from childhood to adulthood. There are a lot of changes as adolescents become…

Making of Smartphone Habits in Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Almost instinctively, the teen reaches into her pocket and quickly makes some swipes on her smartphone. The teen repeats the process several more times during her conversation with her friends. This would seem a little bit odd except her friends are engaged in the same habits, checking their smartphones without even seeming to be aware that they are doing it. This phenomenon is not unique…