Digital Dementia

In an article by Dr. Susan Greenfield, digital dementia, a mental state as attributed to being introduced as a phrase by German neuroscientist, Dr. Manfred Spitzer, is compared and contrasted to the clinical use of the term in association with digital technology. Clinical dementia is defined as a broad category of brain diseases that cause […]

Should DSM-V Designate “Internet Addiction” a Mental Disorder?

In a paper appearing in Psychiatric Magazine written by Ronald Pies in 2009, the idea that internet addiction may be presented as a diagnosis in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. The relationship between “addiction” and various compulsive or impulsive behaviors is also a source of confusion. Some psychiatrists have […]

Social Media and the Cost of Caring

This is a paper written by Hampton, Rainie, Lu, Shin and Purcell using analysis based on findings from a nationally representative survey of 1,801 American adults (ages 18+) by the Pew Research Center fielded August 7-September 16, 2013. The survey was conducted in English and Spanish on landline and cell phones (N=900). The margin of error […]

Stress and Well-Being in Australia Survey 2014

In a 4-year ongoing study by the Australian Psychological Society, Australians have reported levels of stress lower in 2013, but still higher than the previous two years. In addition, several years’ worth of findings show that young adults between 18 and 35 report significantly high levels of stress compared to other age brackets. (Stress and Well-Being […]

‘Internet Addiction’: A Critical Review

This paper appears in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction and is written by Laura Widyanto and Mark Griffiths. It outlines the amount and kinds of different groups and the relationships for internet addiction. RE Abstract It has been alleged by some academics that excessive Internet use can be pathological and addictive. This paper reviews what is […]

Sensitivity of the Human Circadian Pacemaker to Nocturnal Light: Melatonin Phase Resetting and Suppression

This paper from The Journal of Physiology discusses the relationship between our natural circadian rhythms and how that is disrupted by artificial light.  Most people notice that they naturally experience different levels of sleepiness and alertness throughout the day, but what causes these patterns? Sleep is regulated by two body systems: sleep/wake homeostasis and the […]

Avoidance or Boredom: Negative Mental Health Outcomes Associated with use of Information and Communication Technologies

The current study by Science Direct was conducted to explore the relationship between the internet and mobile phone use and mental health. RE Abstract Previous research shows that high Information and Communication Technology (ICT) use is associated with higher levels of anxiety, depression, and overall psychological distress; however, there are few relevant studies on this […]

Mobile Phone Use and Stress…

More research from a Gothenburg Study which examines the effect of mobile phone usage in several areas. This was the actual paper published by the Biomedical Center. RE Read Paper Here  

The UX Plateau of Tolerance – David Edwin Meyers

Professor David Edwin Meyers (lwc-ux.com) describes how a user’s experience is directly tied to “time as a measurable dimension”. As one experiences cognitive friction, confusion or delays that fall outside of their mental model in a real-world or digital engagement, one loses patience and the odds of abandonment increase. Abandonment of this type basically equals […]