Most people I know don’t believe screens are addictive and research shows that most parents are only mildly concerned that their kids may be using too much technology. As time goes by and I dig deeper and deeper into this subject, I see the world around me, and above all the shortcomings of the digital addictions, kids seem to be the most vulnerable to the new world. However, in college (about a million years ago) I majored in nursing and during psych clinicals my professors would say that addiction becomes a true problem when it affects your day-to-day life and the lives of those around you.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) notes that addiction is characterized by an inability to abstain from something that may cause, "Impairment in behavioral control or cravings" plus may cause significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships.


ASAM also says that addiction is a chronic brain disorder, not simply a behavioral problem. The American Psychological Association (APA) says that an addicted individual may experience physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms when the addiction is taken away.
If you look at any basic Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Gambling Anonymous or Alcohol Anonymous pamphlet, you’ll see some parallels between drug addiction and screen addiction. APA states that dependence is the first stage while later tolerance comes into play, forcing someone to consume larger doses of their addiction of choice to get the same effect.


Still, anyone who has met kids who are really, really into screens, knows that these kids do exhibit some key signs of addiction. Keep reading to see some startling statistics and learn why screens may be a real addiction for your child, as well as some red flags related to excessive screen time.



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