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Mental Health: Tech insiders rebel over smartphones

Posted By Adam Klawonn, PA-C, Friday, February 9, 2018
Software engineers and investors who helped birth the world's most addicting technology are joining forces to break the hold these devices have on the developing brains of children and adolescents.

Specialists who once worked for or invested in Google and Apple are concerned portable devices like the iPhone, Android phones, and smart tablets are negatively impacting the focus and mood of children. In a story posted earlier this month in the New York Times, early Facebook investor Roger McNamee said, "This is an opportunity for me to correct a wrong."

A series of moves is expected to shed more light on mobile devices and the neurodevelopmental stages of children, whose neuronal connections experts say do not solidify until their early twenties. Anti-tech addiction interests are forming the Center for Humane Technology and launching a public advertising campaign worth at least $7 million dubbed "The Truth About Tech."

This follows the outcry from pediatricians and mental health experts in January, who called on Facebook to abandon its development for a messenging feature for children as young as 6 years old.

--Adam Klawonn, PA-C

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