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i-Minds - 2nd edition (PDF)
How and Why Constant Connectivity is Rewiring Our Brains and What to Do About it
The way we use i-technology is affecting our health and happiness. While programs, devices, information, and constant connectivity can offer us ease, liberation, and efficiency, they can also rewire our brains to feel restless, disconnected, unable to sleep, anxious, and depressed, with new illnesses like FOMO (fear of missing out), and electro sensitivities appearing.
Engaging and entertaining yet scientifically rigorous, this fully revised and updated second edition of i-Minds comprehensively explores an era of screen-based technology's assimilation into our lives, pondering it as both godsend and plague. Addressing theory, popular media, and industry hype, i-Minds demonstrates:
- How constant connectivity is changing our brains
- The dangers of unchecked connectivity
- Positive steps to embrace new technologies while protecting our well-being and steering our future in a more human direction.
i-Minds is a must-read for anyone interested in fostering health and happiness, or who is struggling with the role of screened technology in our lives.
Dr. Mari Swingle is a practicing therapist, researcher, lecturer, and author who has been working in the fields of mental health and education for over 25 years. She is a renowned expert on the effects of i-technology, and holds a PhD and MA in Clinical Psychology, an MA in Language Education, and a BA in Fine Arts. She resides in Vancouver, Canada. www.drmariswingle.com
"A syndemic plagues our world: the burgeoning of childhood developmental problems and the malignant proliferation of digital technology. Mari Swingle analyzes the problem with vision and compassion, offering clear guidance to its healthy resolution on both the personal and social levels."
"I use iMinds every day in my integrative neuroscience practice— to teach, to illustrate, and to "prescribe" life changes for improved neurological health. It is a call to arms to wake up from our complacency and blind acceptance of what has become a world-wide health problem — the emerging negative influences of digital and electronic media, high-energy visible light (HEV), and electromagnetic frequencies (EMF)."
Robert P. Turner, MD, MSCR, QEEGD, BCN, Network Neurology, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics & Neurology, University of South Carolina School of Medicine & Palmetto Health Richland Children's Hospital, Columbia, SC
"...The issues are pervasive and getting worse. This is a must read and study book for all clinicians in the health sciences and the subject should become a compulsory subject to study in terms of continuous medical and psychological education."
Gabriel E. Sella, MD, BSc, MSc, MPH, PhD (HC)
"With new sections on eSports, incels, AI and politics, Swingle's analyses are even more startling and counter-intuitive than the first edition. This should be required reading for every parent, every spouse, and anyone who plans on being able to function and have satisfying relationships in a society that is pushing us even further away from nature and each other and deeper into the addictive dependence on screens that is at the core of our alienation from ourselves."
Jon Cooksey, writer and director, How to Boil a Frog
"From sex to snapchat, Dr. Swingle uses the latest data to uncover why we humans both love and abuse technology, and most importantly, she is not interested in panicking people into action. Instead, by thoughtfully analyzing technology from numerous viewpoints— governance and politics, privacy issues, sex and sexuality, and a comprehensive look at the problems of even defining tech addictions, to name a few — Dr. Swingle creates a true call to action for our children."
Meghan Leahy, parent coach and Washington Post columnist
"If you wonder what is happening to your children who spend their hours looking at a small screen instead of exploring nature, i-Minds, second edition, is a must read. Dr. Swingle explores how in many cases these devices are an evolutionary trap that captures and redirects our biological response patterns that evolved over millions of years to allow us to survive and thrive. A process that occurs without awareness. Dr. Swingle brilliantly analysis the effects of i-technology, explores how to mitigate its harm, and how to use it responsibly. It is a book every parent and educator must read."
Erik Peper, PhD, BCB, Professor, San Francisco State University
"Dr. Swingle's book is eye-opening, and I think anyone who has their phone within an arm's length from them right now would agree. Her explanations and examples of psychological concepts are clear and fascinating, even if you have no biology background. Though in many ways this book feels like a warning for digital natives like myself who might be constantly interacting with technology, I appreciate Dr. Swingle's lessons on digital addiction and the brain. I could see myself reading it several more times, and see it informing the way I raise my future kids when it comes to i-tech."
Eleanor Greene, editor, Green American magazine
"In an age of distraction and dysfunction, Dr. Swingle provides us with plenty of good reasons for why we need to disconnect, focus on the present and spend more quality time with family, friends, and others."
David Peck, Face2Face Podcast Host
"In her neuropsychosocial tour de force of the impact of i-technology on the brain and development, Dr. Swingle explains why some of us are more prone than others to swipe and then fall down the rabbit hole of digital media addiction, and the neurological, developmental, and social consequences that can follow. Thankfully, Dr. Swingle also provides a wealth of recommendations for parents and healthcare professionals who are interested in helping children, adolescents, and others temper their use of digital devices, and how to recover from the effects of overuse. This much-needed and rigorous work has been well-received by students in my Psychology of Social Media course."
Chris Bjornsen, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Director, International Studies Program, Longwood University, Virginia
"The evidence and research is clear. This is must-read for anyone wanting to have the complete picture of how "constant connectivity" and screen overdosing is impacting our brains, especially the child's developing brain. This is vital and practical information, moving us toward integration of screens and modern technology, as well as towards an overall healthier, nicer, more caring, and more alive future."
Hyahno Moser, Program Manager, Nature Play, Queensland, Australia
"I often get asked: "what effect does the Internet etc. have on my child's injured brain". The answer is I refer them to Dr. Swingle's work. Here in layman's language are the current issues discussed, explored and the consequences of the behaviors laid out. Dr. Swingle's work is years ahead of its time, which is unfortunate as more people need to read and follow the advice she lays out in her book. I highly ecommend it to all my patients."
Stuart Donaldson, PhD
"Parents: don't be fooled by Dr. Swingle's homespun stories and easy explanations. Not only has she been taking neural data and making scientific sense of digital addictions a decade before almost anyone, but also helping rescue children all those years. i-Minds is the best book yet to help you understand your kids' digital impulses, and your own role in guiding them."
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