A recent study in China found young people are becoming addicted to their electronic devices at an alarming rate.
While Internet addiction is not yet considered a clinical diagnosis here, there’s no question that American youths are plugged in and tuned out of “live” action for many more hours of the day than experts consider healthy for normal development. And it starts early, often with toddlers handed their parents’ cellphones and tablets to entertain themselves when they should be observing the world around them and interacting with their caregivers.
Dr. Stephen Lassen, a pediatric psychologist, talks about what problems can arise from too much time with electronics, why simply taking the device away doesn't always work, and what the role of parents can be in helping their kids become less addicted.
It's not just children, as Dr. Teresa Long, and adult psychiatrist, explains. She talks about why adults become addicted to their electronics, why it's a concern, how adults can be treated for this addiction.