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Author: Michael Jacobus

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Michael Jacobus is an internationally recognized author, child-development specialist and camp professional. He has an extensive background in youth- serving nonprofits, staff training, operations, administration and outdoor education. In the summer of 2018, Michael created the world's first clinical summer camp program for teens and adolescents suffering from unhealthy screen-time and social-media overuse habits and gaming addiction.

Posted June 24, 2019, 10 a.m. by Michael Jacobus | View Comments
Technology Addiction

We all know a teen — or a lot of teens — who have their face buried perpetually in their phone. Teens engage in an average of about seven hours of screen time every day, according to a report from Common Sense Media. Listening to music, watching TV and videos, and playing games are rated as the top activities. These forms of entertainment are designed to provide steady streams of dopamine to a child’s developing brain. It feels good and keeps users engaged, by just like with food, alcohol or drugs, this instant gratification can create a habit that may ...