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We’ve all seen them: kids hypnotically staring at glowing screens in restaurants, in playgrounds and in friends' houses - and the numbers are growing. Like a virtual scourge, the illuminated glowing faces - the Glow Kids - are multiplying. But at what cost? Is this just a harmless indulgence or fad like some sort of digital hula-hoop? Some say that glowing screens might even be good for kids - a form of interactive educational tool.

Don’t believe it.

In Glow Kids, Dr. Nicholas Kardaras will examine how technology - more specifically, age-inappropriate screen tech, with all of its glowing ubiquity - has profoundly affected the brains of an entire generation. Brain imaging research is showing that stimulating glowing screens are as dopaminergic (dopamine activating) to the brain’s pleasure center as sex. And a growing mountain of clinical research correlates screen tech with disorders like ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, increased aggression, and even psychosis. Most shocking of all, recent brain imaging studies conclusively show that excessive screen exposure can neurologically damage a young person’s developing brain in the same way that cocaine addiction can.

Kardaras will dive into the sociological, psychological, cultural, and economic factors involved in the global tech epidemic with one major goal: to explore the effect all of our wonderful shiny new technology is having on kids. Glow Kids also includes an opt-out letter and a "quiz" for parents in the back of the book.

Design Credit: David Curtis

©2016 Nicholas Kardaras (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Fear Mongering - a modern day Mazes and Monsters

Couldn't even finish reading this book. Full of fear mongering and ridiculous worst case scenario examples and debunked theories. some of the examples he gives: people who play video games are living out violent fantasies and may become violent, gamers get confused about reality and start living in the matrix, people who create gaming characters or avatars have multiple personality disorder. I am pro limited tech/screens and I wanted a book based in science not an after school special.

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This book sucks

This book sucks cause they are related gambling to video games when they don’t have anything in common why do we have it on sale at the local Walmart this guy does not have a clue where he is getting his facts from

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Life Changing

I want to buy 20 copies of this book and give it to all my friends to read and pass on in my community!! Very well researched and very compelling and actually quite scary.

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Research based persuasive book.

This book does not rely on emotion to sway you to pick a polarized side of the "screens or no screens" debate, but there is ample evidence that young developing minds need protection. It lays out facts based on research, which will give any parent or caregiver solid information to help them take a stand when they are trying to make changes in the amount or type of screen use they allow. I liked that there was advice on how to scale back (no going cold turkey) and replace screen time with better activities. I'd love a follow up book on how people are succeeding at reducing screen time for themselves and their kids with individual stories and more studies. Thanks to Nicholas Karderas for his work with kids and families! PS-If you"re looking for support there are a couple of screen addiction recovery programs mentioned in the last couple of chapters.

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Insightful

My wife read the book first and got very passionate about this subject and would discuss it with me all the time. I would argue that this guy was probably just anti video game and his studies were probably funded by those crazy family oriented groups, I grew up gaming, granted i progressed through the 90s and like he author states, games and gaming was different. After reading this book I will now say he has a point, a lot of the emotions/aggressions he mentioned, I felt. Honestly I was able to balance my
Life really well and it did not impact my life like it did some of these cases, I had 3 siblings and played outside a lot. I recommend this book to just about anyone, like it or hate, its insightful. Don’t worry, I am not anti gaming... like everything in life, moderation is key. As an expectant parents, my wife and I decided to be a tech free as possible, can’t hurt right....

That being said, I can see true use of tech Olin parenting if they are struggling- financially, single parents, grandparents raising kids, every scenario is different. Good luck and hope this review helped!

P.S. how do I become a professional gamer!?

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An informative downer

The author, Nicholas Kardaras, gives a voice to what I have suspected for over 20 years; that screen time can be extremely harmful when used excessively, especially by children. Screen addiction is real, and Kardaras gives us hope that there is a way out. I appreciate the abundance of scientific studies cited and the detailed accounts of real people, which are admittedly, disturbing.
This book contains many sexual references which are not appropriate for little ears (which happen to be constantly about me while listening). My 6 year old does not need to know the sordid details of cyber sex, or how the dopamine rush of many video games is similar to orgasm.
I am glad the book ended on a positive note, but most of it appealed to my proclivity for doom and gloom.
Overall, I feel extremely vindicated by my caution with screens.

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Compelling

This book had great insights into the potentially dangerous world of screens, especially for children. It emphasized the responsibility of parents and helped me consider how I want to parent my future children. It was also a good reflective exercise for me and my own relationship with screens.

This book was recommended to me by the incredible Collin Kartchner who left this world too soon. #SaveTheKids

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Once you know... you can't pretend

Making some serious changes in our family regarding tech. We're opting out of the experiment. If only all my children's friends would do the same... it may be lonely in the real world! Hoping others realize and opt out as well. My only criticism is the way he pronounced "Oregon Trail" 🤣

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Should be required reading for every parent!

Wonderful and scary in the same breath. Wonderful how much research and care went into the information provided. Scary the potential harm "screens" (video games and social media primarily) are having on our young and impressionable youth. I wish I would have read this sooner as the information would have led me to make different choices. The only gripe I have is that it seemed more could have been said on how to coexist with screens. What digital "vegetables" are available? I would have preferred more tools, I am convinced I need to be better but other than no screens not sure how to do that. Maybe that's exactly the point though...

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I totally agree

I work in a district and see this happening daily. Thank you Dr.K for your work and information.