Addiction

Google slowly lifting ban on addiction center ads after adding vetting process

Google will soon allow ads to run on addiction-related keywords and phrases after a nearly year-long ban instituted to crack down on shady providers cashing in on vulnerable patients. A small group of

Siempo’s new app will break your smartphone addiction

A new app called Siempo wants to un-addict you from your smartphone and its numerous attention-stealing apps. To do so, Siempo replaces an Android device’s homescreen, while also taking advantag

Google temporarily bans addiction center ads globally following exposure of seedy referral deals

Google is temporarily halting advertisements worldwide for addiction and rehabilitation centers, following a report last week showing it was acting as a platform for shady referral services earning hu

‘Substitute Phone’ artfully satisfies your compulsion to swipe and scroll

Smartphones are inarguably an addictive class of devices, and not just because they put an endless font of information at your fingertips. The experience of holding the phone and touching it is itself

Block is a fancy Faraday cage to take your dinner party offline

A group of Dutch entrepreneurs is hoping to build a business out of helping smartphone users manage their device addiction -- via a Faraday cage housed inside a fancy looking hexagonal aluminum case d

Play My Way app aims to turn kids’ love of mobile devices on its head

Parents despairing of ever being able to separate their offspring from the mobile devices glued to their fingertips might be interested in an app called Play My Way that's being built by a startup fro

Heavy Internet use leads to school burnout in teens

As if you didn’t need more proof that your darn kids need to get off the computer and into the back yard, researchers at the University of Helsinki and Department of Psychology have found that e

How Many Times A Day Do You Check Your Phone? Checky Will Tell You.

In today's hyper-connected world, meditation and relaxation-focused resource <a target="_blank" href="http://www.calm.com/">Calm</a> gives you a much-needed mental break during the day, and can help y

A New App Called Moment Shows You How Addicted You Are To Your iPhone

Some of us jokingly say that we're addicted to our iPhones. A newly released app called Moment will show us just how true that statement may be. Designed to promote a healthier balance between our rea

Study: Nearly A Quarter Of U.S. Students Say They're Addicted To The Internet

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/internetaddiction.jpg" />Are the kids alright? Probably not, if you follow this study from the University of Maryland that says students

Video game addiction: The same as getting high on cocaine?

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/mariobrosss.jpg" />A UK therapist claims that two hours of playing video games gives the same high as doing a line of cocaine. Of course

PANIC! Study finds that students are addicted to their iPhones!!

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/iphone.jpg" />200 students surveyed in a Stanford study were found to be "addicted" to their iPhones. "When asked to rank their dependenc

Video game addiction is hard

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/addiction.jpg" />Good God. There's an article that was published on Green Pixels not too long ago that discussed video game addiction. It

First-of-its-kind Internet addiction treatment center opens in the U.S.

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/center.jpg" />Raise your hand if you consider yourself an Internet addict. Go ahead, no one here will judge you. (How could we: all of us

Study: Those who are most ‘connected’ aren't necessarily happy with being so ‘connected’

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/pew.jpg" />Are you a Digital Collaborator? A Media Mover? Or maybe you're a fearsome Ambivalent Networker? No idea what these phrases mea

Most of the time, video game addiction isn't addiction at all

Well look at that, most gamers who are “addicted” to gaming aren’t addicted at all. That’s the conclusion of the first clinic set up to help gaming addicts get off the smack, Amsterdam

Italian boy diagnosed with ‘PlayStation addiction’

An Italian boy has been diagnosed with “PlayStation addiction” following a marathon gaming session. The boy, 13, was rushed to a hospital where doctors thought he had suffered a stroke or some oth

Top psychiatrist wants Internet addiction officially recognized

Internet addiction is real, is a clinical disorder and should be recognized by the community as such. So says a a prominent psychiatrist in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The symptoms of internet

Two children being treated for cellphone addiction

Flickr’d “Talking, texting or playing games,” for six hours a day. Does that sound like addiction to you? Well, apparently it is. Two kids in Spain, aged 12 and 13, were recently adm

Hong Kong man leaves his kid on the sidewalk during marathon gaming session

Those Hong Kongians must live in a crazy future world, because now even their vices are next-generation. Some truly serious gamer dad over there, upon learning that he couldn’t bring his 7-year-
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