Why calling screentime 'digital heroin' is digital garbage

The supposed danger of digital media made headlines over the weekend when psychotherapist Nicholas Kardaras published a story in the New York Post called “It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies.” In the op-ed, Kardaras claims that “iPads, smartphones and XBoxes are a form of digital drug.” He stokes fears about the potential for addiction and the ubiquity of technology by referencing “hundreds of clinical studies” that show “screens increase depression, anxiety and aggression.”

We’ve seen this form of scaremongering before. People are frequently uneasy with new technology, after all. The problem is, screens and computers aren’t actually all that new. There’s already a whole generation — millennials — who…

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Hi! I just wanted to say you got me playing Mystic Messenger and omg I'm so thankful they are all terrible and I want to marry every last one of them will the suffering never end

Hahaha I had to laugh at they are all terrible XD But aren’t they though? Terrible and so, so addictive. *sighs* The suffering only get worse unfortunately - wait until you play Seven’s route, you will physically feel pain. xd 

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What many people fail to realize is that it is just as likely for someone to become addicted to (or abuse) legal narcotics as it is for people who use drugs that are against the law. The number of Americans who are becoming addicted to legal prescription painkillers is astounding, quickly reaching heights of epidemic proportions. Prescription painkillers or tranquilizers have infiltrated middle-class America and have become a major problem among mothers raising small children.

When prescribed by a doctor, it is easy to begin abusing narcotics. Many of these medications allow the user to maintain a high level of functioning, which means he or she can carry on with a daily routine for months without being aware of the damage painkillers are causing. Until it causes serious consequences, a prescription medication addiction can go undetected for years. After all, when you have a written prescription from a doctor to take pills for pain, justifying their use doesn’t require much effort.

Thousands of people enter recovery every day for opiate addiction. That’s right –opiate addiction. Most people associate opiates with heroin or morphine, but opiates come in a number of different forms. Many of the most popular legal narcotics are highly addictive. Medications like Vicodin, Oxycodone, Soma, Valium and Zanax produce a feeling of euphoria so incredible, it causes the user to return again and again for more.

Some get hooked on pills through street transactions that happened at clubs and parties. All too often, people partake of prescription medication at social gatherings and quickly become hooked on the stuff, unaware of the addictive properties of these pharmaceuticals. Others innocently, and unknowingly, become addicted to painkillers after a legitimate injury or necessary surgery. A broken leg or injured back caused by a sports injury, whiplash from a serious car accident, a root canal….even a caesarean birth –these are all situations where a doctor might see a need to prescribe painkillers.

For a crack smoker or heroin addict, it’s easy to identify that a substance abuse problem exists, just by the taboo nature of the drug they are addicted to. Illicit drugs require illicit behavior, which causes people to do business in dark alleys with unsavory characters. Legal painkillers and tranquilizers are available to anyone who has a legal prescription from a doctor. These transactions require you to be in public places like pharmacies and grocery stores, which give a green light that says what you are doing is okay, even if you are hopelessly addicted, doctor shopping and going into debt because of your addiction.

It may be harder to recognize, but being addicted to prescription medication can wreak havoc on your life just like any other addiction. These types of narcotics cause major health problems and can be lethal if used excessively. Prescription medication addiction is a costly financial endeavor as well, with many people spending thousands every month to get a fix, forgoing the mortgage payment. Plus, legal consequences, family troubles and problems at work accompany this type of addiction.

There is no shame in asking for help and help is available to you if you have a sincere desire to break your addiction. Trying to do it one your own is never a good idea. After all, if you could cure yourself, you would have done it already! Withdrawing from opiate addiction can cause major complications like a stroke, heart attack or even death. De-toxing in a safe, secure environment is highly recommended, followed by at least 28 days of in-patient addiction treatment.

If you have been abusing painkillers or tranquilizers, there is hope. Millions of people have overcome an addiction to prescription medication with in-patient treatment and ongoing support. You can do it too.

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Tuesday true crime

The Boston Strangler by Gerold Frank (Open Road Media, ebook $7.99).

Closing Time: The True Story of the “Goodbar” Murder by Lacey Fosburgh (Open Road Media, ebook $7.99).

Murder at McDonald’s: The Killers Next Door by Phonse Jessome (Open Road Media, ebook $6.15).

Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule (Galaxy-44 Publishing, ebook $4.91).

I came very close to titling this post “cheap thrills,” because one of the nice things about true crime books is that they remain a low-cost form of “entertainment.” 

And yes, those are scare quotes.

I became addicted to the form as a child, home sick from school and bored out of my skull, digging through the Hot Rod magazines next to my chair to find something more interesting to read. And it was a jackpot: The Day Lincoln Was Shot, In Cold Blood, and The Boston Strangler

I picked up Strangler first, because the film version (starring Tony Curtis as killer Albert DeSalvo and Henry Fonda as one of the detectives) had just aired on television and I hadn’t been allowed to watch it.

Yeah, the split-screen thing was really not for kids, right?

In any case, this new ebook edition of Gerald Frank’s book from Open Road Media reminded me of the difference between police procedurals and mysteries. Yes, the identity of the Strangler was a mystery, but Frank is detailing how he was caught, which means that the reader sees things through the eyes of the investigating police officers. And, while Frank does describe the terror in the city of Boston–and the effrontery of the killer to leave a particularly unpleasant scene on the day of the Kennedy assassination–the entire second half of the book is devoted to providing evidence for DeSalvo’s guilt.

Yes, there are still people who think the murders were not the work of one killer, or that DeSalvo didn’t do it, but Frank–an old-school reporter–really nails this story. 

There’s a reason that The Boston Strangler is the best example of the genre.

I read Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Judith Rossner’s fictionalized account of the murder of Rosann Quinn, after seeing the film version in 1978. I remember it as a very good novel, but the true story is always a bit different.

In Lacey Fosburgh’s Closing Time, the names are changed. This was once the standard thing to do, mostly to protect the feelings of the relatives, but also to keep up some semblence of ethics when a reporter had covered the case, as Fosburgh had for the times. In this case, too, it allowed Fosburgh to re-create (or create entirely) scenes and dialog for which there was no documentation.

Nonethless, this is a fascinating story, and Fosburgh, who died in 1993, was a good reporter. She provides the context for the bar scene of 1970s New York City, in a time when the Pill and penicillin could take care of any of the risks of sex with strangers. 

That said, though, the fact that Fosburgh was not able to create a biography for Quinn (called Kathleen Cleary in the book, her family refused to cooperate) makes this less than it might have been.

Murder at McDonald’s is another true crime book written by the reporter who covered it, Phonse Jessome. A well-known reporter in Nova Scotia, his account of the murder of three people and wounding of a fourth in a McDonald’s in the town of Sydney River has a very interesting layering. That’s because he includes what he first observed and reported as well as the facts that eventually were confirmed and became part of the record.

This makes it a far more interesting read–well, that, and it’s a crime that’s not well known here in the states.

The short form is that a teenager who worked at the McDonald’s noticed the safe one night and enlisted a couple of his friends to rob the place, expecting a big score. Unfortunately, things didn’t go the way he expected; there was only two grand and a shocking bloodbath.

Jessome is also good at providing context, both economic and social, and at portraying the shock, both short- and long-term, that afflicted the community. He also offers very compelling portraits of the victims, in addition to his descriptions of the killers.

Then, there’s another classic: Ann Rule’s Small Sacrifices. While I’d seen the TV movie (Farrah Fawcett as Diane Downs), I’d never read Rule’s book on which it is based. I did, however, grow up not very far from where the crime occurred.

Here’s the thing about child murders: It’s hard to read about, and the killer is almost always either a parent or the partner of a parent. It’s the most domestic of crimes.

The short form is that Diane Downs was tired of being a single parent and so she shot her three kids, killing one of them. Then, she shot herself in the arm and drove to the ER, where she claimed that a bushy-haired stranger had attacked them on the road.

(An aside: My mother, who saw the first reports of the crime on the late news, turned to my little brother and said, “She did it.”)

Rule’s book hit me as perhaps missing something. She portrays Downs as such an obvious, histrionically narcissistic sociopath that it’s hard to believe no one saw this coming. After years of reading Ann Rule (usually borrowed copies while working the radio for a small police department, where many of us were avid consumers of true crime stories), I realize that she takes a point of view and sticks to it. There’s not much nuance to her writing, which makes me wish that someone else would write a book about Downs, an intriguing and frightening person.

Still, I didn’t put the book down. The most interesting (and it reads as if it were made for TV) and emotional part is the emotional attachment between the prosecutor and the surviving children, whom he and his wife later adopted.

And that brings up the question of bias, but that’s a legal issue, and not one for true crime.

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If you’re acquainted with the Power of Zero series, you will know that Jack Horwood’s brain runs on coffee. Black, fiendishly strong coffee. And that he only ruins it with sugar when he’s too busy to eat. Jack has really very little time for latte art, while I’m a rather different case there. When I’m in need of a break – and a coffee – I often find myself looking at gorgeous photos of coffee…

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anonymous asked:

What if someone were to continually breed one of their minis?

They’d get addicted to it, the whole process. That’s what Breeders essentially are, they live to breed and be bred.

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The Discovery House believes that the 12 Steps of Narcotics Anonymous program is an effective tool in ensuring long-term recovery success.  

Similar to Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program, Narcotics Anonymous includes attending regular meetings to obtain on-going support during long-term recovery to a life free of substance abuse.

12-step programs have realized great success in avoiding relapse by providing a safe place for recovering substance abusers to find the support they need, and share their experiences of addiction and recovery to help others.

Anonymity is encouraged to ensure the privacy of all those attending the meetings. New members are urged to listen to others during the first couple of meetings and look for an experienced member they can relate to as a possible sponsor, make new non-addicted friends, and offer support to others when appropriate.

12 Steps to a Life of Freedom

These 12 steps will significantly aide in the success of long-term recovery: 

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Why calling screentime 'digital heroin' is digital garbage

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The supposed danger of digital media made headlines over the weekend when psychotherapist Nicholas Kardaras published a story in the New York Postcalled “It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies.” In the op-ed, Kardaras claims that “iPads, smartphones and XBoxes are a form of digital drug.” He stokes fears about the potential for addiction and the ubiquity of…

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“You can’t drink oil! Keep it in the soil!”
My heart breaks as we continue to have these arguments. Why is our government hellbent on keeping us tied to fossil fuels when there are so many other viable options? What will be left for our children, grandchildren, their children, if we pollute it all now? Clean water is everyone’s right!
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A pipeline is being constructed accross the Missouri river which threatens the lives of an already endangered peoples who rely SOLELY on this river as their source of clean water. From visiting numerous Native American reservations myself, I’ve seen the conditions of which some of the peoples live. We’ve done enough damage already, we need not wipe them out entirely with our addiction to oil.

You may not believe that petitions matter, but some 24 dozens oil infrastructure projects have been halted just this year alone. Please take the 60 seconds needed to sign off on this petition:
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