Video Games are Not Heroin….. what the science really tells us

In a New York Times article from back in 2016, we read the headlines “We now know that those iPads, smartphones and Xbox’s are a form of digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control— in exactly the same way that cocaine does.” 

The journalist goes on to state “That’s right—your kid’s brain on Minecraft looks like a brain on drugs.”  

More recently I heard an author recant the notion that giving your child an ipad is akin to them smoking nicotine. 

Why these headlines make me mad 

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