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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Catherine Steiner-Adair: "The Big Disconnect" - The Diane Rehm Show

From NPR's WAMU 88.5 FM Washington

August 14, 2013

New technology has radically changed the way we communicate with each other. Young people especially are relying on texting and social media for advice and friendship. A recent study found that children between the ages 8 and 18 are spending more than seven hours with electronic devices every day. Parents working from home also spend more time on smartphones and tablets.

Amanda Cunningham watches as her daughter, Madeline
Cunningham, 4, uses the computer in her apartment
in N.Y's Upper West Side neighborhood. Although Amanda
sees certains benefits of exposing technology to children at a
young age, she has recently become much more cautious about
introducing technology to her youngest child, Liam, now one.

In a new book, clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair argues that widespread use of electronic devices exposes kids to unhealthy values and puts children at risk at every developmental stage. She says technology has negative effects on empathy, attention and family relationships.

Diane and her guest discuss the effects of technology on children and their families and what parents can do about it.

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Listen HERE to Diane Rehm's August 14th interview with Catherine Steiner-Adair

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Guest

Catherine Steiner-Adair, clinical psychologist and instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Read an Excerpt from The Big Disconnect

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