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Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone?

Published: July 30, 2011

We’ve all been there. You are having dinner with a friend, engaged in what you feel is a compelling conversation. You feel the vibration on the table as your friend’s phone receives a text. Without a second thought she picks up the phone mid sentence, and furtively glances at it while pretending to stow it away. As the conversation goes on, you read more »

The Ongoing Battle Over the World’s Most Deadly Drug

Published: June 1, 2011

In the 1920s Edward Bernays used the new art of public relations (of which he was a founding father) to tailor advertising to people’s psychological needs. It was a revolutionary and effective approach. One of his successes was to link cigarette smoking in women to their newfound empowerment. Bernays hired women to march publicly – while smoking read more »

Pathological Gaming

Published: March 8, 2011

On January 17th, CNN reported on a study done that linked excessive use of video games to depression, anxiety, and poor grades in school. This study addresses a question which I have often struggled with throughout my youth as a gamer: how much is too much? There is currently a debate in the medical community as to whether pathological or “addictive” read more »

One Addict’s Story (part 3)

Published: July 6, 2010

In our last installment we explored a recent study done to test caffeine’s ability to wake us from our nightly slumber, and were shown that caffeine might not have the same alerting effects that we “addicts” might think. As I explored this study and the conclusions it drew, I noticed something interesting. The results of this study showed a strong read more »

One Addict’s Story (part 2)

Published: July 4, 2010

In our last blog, we took a glimpse through the window into the daily routine of a habitual caffeine user. This is not an uncommon experience, and I am sure that many people are able to empathize with this situation. For those of us who swear by our daily cup of coffee, it seems a given that caffeine has an energy inducing quality like none other. Recent read more »

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