Dr. Bill gives us an update on kids’ use of tech Show Notes

Monday, August 13, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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It looks like some teens are turning their faces away from Facebook.

According to a new survey from the research organization Conquest, more than 30% of teenagers say they've either dropped their Facebook accounts or are thinking about dropping them. Another 13% say they're planning to cut back use of the social networking site in the next 12 months.

Of those who said they were unhappy with Facebook, 44% said it was because it made them vulnerable to bullying.

Another 28% of kids said the site made them feel unhappy about themselves. They said Facebook encouraged them to compare themselves to other kids, and many felt they didn’t measure up to their peers.

Oh, and nearly HALF of teen girls said that Facebook made them obsess about their LOOKS.  As a family psychologist, none of those findings surprise me.

Turning to video games, let me tell you about a new study with a provocative title. It’s called "Programmed for Demise: How Game Addiction Is Ruining Boys."

The Online Graduate Programs organization looked at video game statistics from multiple studies and crunched the numbers.

So what did they find?  Three million children in the United States are addicted to video games, with four times as many boys as girls showing signs of that addiction.

In addition, half of boys listed a game rated M (for "Mature") or AO (for "Adults Only") as their favorite.

By the way, the average boy will spend 10,000 hours playing video games by the time he's 21—twice the time it would have taken him to earn a bachelor's degree.

But, hey, they’re real good at shooting down alien spaceships and helping Mario get to a higher level.

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL

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