1. cageymaru

    Senator to Introduce Bill to Ban Loot Boxes and Microtransactions Aimed at Children

    Senator Josh Hawley announced the introduction of legislation that would ban loot boxes, pay-to-win, and other monetization practices that target children. This includes video game industry practices that entice players to spend real money for competitive advantages over other players. Another...
  2. cageymaru

    Tech Addicts Seek Help at Rehabilitation Centers

    Young people across the nation are suffering from a mental illness called "tech addiction" where they can't function in life due to the need to "go online." Whether the outlet is video games, social websites like Reddit, videos on YouTube or online porn, these young people forego daily functions...
  3. cageymaru

    Teens Know That Social Media Companies Want to Manipulate Them

    Teens are addicted to social media, but a new study finds that they are cognizant that the companies are manipulating them. Social media companies like Snapchat have activities that require that you send at least one message to a group of friends or family members at least once a day to...
  4. DooKey

    A New Painkiller Promises Relief Without Addiction

    Everyone knows by now that the U.S. is experiencing a huge opioid addiction problem and it gets worse every day. As a matter of fact, approximately 91 people die everyday from overdoses of painkillers. A new study of an opioid compound named AT-121 is showing non-addictive properties in simian...
  5. R

    Android App Locks Your Phone If You Use It Too Much

    SMartphone apps and games are designed to be addictive, and the addiction is becoming a problem. Scientists have been researching chemical imbalances in the brain to find an underlying causes, and designers have been making "substitute phones" to try and help people who are addicted to...
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    Sneaky Ways App Developers Get You Addicted

    In a report from Business Insider, Jonathan Kay, chief operating officer of app analytics firm Apptopia goes into several of the ways that app developers use to get people hooked on using them. The article is incredibly detailed, going from Instagram's push notifications, to Twitter using the...
  7. DooKey

    Chemical Imbalance in Brain May Cause Smartphone Addiction In Young People

    Researchers in Seoul, South Korea, studied 19 youths who were addicted to their smartphones to try to figure out why this was happening. After running scans with an MRS machine they discovered the addicted youths had abnormal levels of two brain chemicals. Additionally, the addicted youths had...
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    Substitute Phone Aims To Help Overcome Smartphone Addiction

    Vienna-based designer Klemens Schillinger has designed a set of 5 substitute phones to provide a "therapeutic approach" to help smartphone addicts cope with withdrawal symptoms. The substitute phones are made from a heavy acetal to replicate the weight of a smartphone, with stone beads embedded...