Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

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[R]esearchers are starting to ponder an intriguing question: Are teenagers using drugs less in part because they are constantly stimulated and entertained by their computers and phones?....People are carrying around a portable dopamine pump, and kids have basically been carrying it around for the last 10 years....”


It is indeed an intriguing thought. My wife and I require that our kids charge their phones overnight in the living room, so their sleep isn’t interrupted by chirping alerts and they aren’t tempted to text late into the night. But taking the phone away from my 14-year-old is often like taking crack away from an addict. This question is finally getting some well-deserved study.

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones? (NYTimes)

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