Mom and dad are just as guilty — if not more — of soaking up screen time than their offspring. That's rather interesting, considering the fact that the same parents responded that they were concerned their children would become addicted to technology.
Classifying species is a notoriously sticky problem in biology. As a very broad rule, organisms can be classified as belonging to a distinct species if they can successfully mate with each other to produce offspring that can also successfully mate. But this rule completely falls apart for microbes.
Recognizing the rapid rate of technological change in U.S. households, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced new guidelines for Children's Media Use that can be applied to all kids under 18, including infants. This welcome news gives parents a roadmap for navigating the often-perilous topic of determining the right amount of time that children can spend staring at computers, smartphones and TV screens.
There is a perception out there that the technology and social media booms of the last decade have been detrimental to public health. In particular hookup apps are being blamed by many for having contributed to the increases in sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STD/STIs). This belief is not entirely unwarranted; earlier this year the state
An op-ed in the Wall St. Journal by ex-FDA second-in-command, Scott Gottlieb, accuses the regulators of chilling the development of innovative smartphone apps by its precautionary dicta. Could this be true?