Glow Kids by Nicholas Kardaras

September 11, 2023
David Sunnyside

In a world of new clinical disorders, one of the most concerning is the addiction to screens. In Glow Kids, Nicholas Kardaras explores the sociological, psychological and cultural factors that are contributing to this global tech epidemic and its effects on children. He is the executive director of The Dunes East Hampton, one of the country’s top rehabs and a former clinical professor at Stony Brook Medicine.

He believes that age-inappropriate screen exposure is eroding the foundations of healthy childhood development and creating an entire generation that is “wired but not well.” Kardaras references a mountain of research correlating video games with disorder like ADHD, depression, anxiety, aggression and psychosis. He also cites brain imaging studies that show gaming can damage the part of the brain that controls impulses just like a drug addiction.

Among the many disturbing trends that have emerged from excessive gaming are the incel movement, a group of alienated young men that find solace in online forums and support groups and engage in violent acts like school shootings. Kardaras describes how gaming can rewire the brain and cause people to lose their tether to reality, as shown by the recent shooting of Sierra Nevada College students in California.

He explains how his approach to treating these kids at the rehab center involves combining traditional psychotherapy with nature immersion, existential exploration and therapeutic lifestyle changes that help them reclaim a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. It is through this process that they can heal their relationships with themselves, others and the physical world around them.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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