Monthly Archives: June 2013


“Surge in Digital Dementia” by Julian Ryall, Tokyo

Posted from The Telegraph UK

Computer Korea

South Korea is one of the most digitally connected nations in the world and the problem of internet addiction among both adults and children was recognised as far back as the late 1990s.

That is now developing into the early onset of digital dementia – a term coined in South Korea – meaning a deterioration in cognitive abilities that is more commonly seen in people who have suffered a head injury or psychiatric illness.

“Over-use of smartphones and game devices hampers the balanced development of the brain,” Byun Gi-won, a doctor at the Balance Brain Centre in Seoul, told the JoongAng Daily newspaper.

“Heavy users are likely to develop the left side of their brains, leaving the right side untapped or underdeveloped,” he said.

The right side of the brain is linked with concentration and its failure to develop will affect attention and memory span, which could in as many as 15 per cent of cases lead to the early onset of dementia.

Sufferers are also reported to suffer emotional underdevelopment, with children more at risk than adults because their brains are still growing.

The situation appears to be worsening, doctors report, with the percentage of people aged between 10 and 19 who use their smartphones for more than seven hours every day leaping to 18.4 per cent, an increase of seven per cent from last year.

More than 67 per cent of South Koreans have a smartphone, the highest in the world, with that figure standing at more than 64 per cent in teenagers, up from 21.4 per cent in 2011, according to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

Dr Manfred Spitzer, a German neuroscientist, published a book titled “Digital Dementia” in 2012 that warned parents and teachers of the dangers of allowing children to spend too much time on a laptop, mobile phone or other electronic devices.

Dr Spitzer warned that the deficits in brain development are irreversible and called for digital media to be banned from German classrooms before children become “addicted.”



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Freedom as defined by the great French philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre.

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The Soul of Sexuality

What do sex and spirituality have to do with each other? How could the physical sexual act be an expression of our divine and spiritual nature? After all isn’t sex just sex?

We certainly see and hear a lot about sex everyday and little is ever mentioned about the deeper aspects of this powerful tool to connect on a sacred and intimate basis. There are long historical roots for the connection and integration of sex and spirituality. Our culture, however, creates much confusion and distorted messages around sexuality and our sexual behavior. We say sex is good, and that sex is natural, and we celebrate sexual explicitness in our society through advertising, clothing, and entertainment. This is what I call the overt aspect of sexuality in our culture.

However, there are powerful covert aspects of sexuality wherein we hold old feelings of shame, guilt and fear that we have been taught or that we simply picked up as we grew up.  These covert aspects of our sexuality are where our feelings of sexual shame exist and where all the conflicted emotions we have around sex reside. It is this split between the overt celebrations of sexuality and our inner, covert feelings of shame, guilt, fear, and inadequacy that create many sexual problems and I believe are the root cause of many sexual compulsions, dysfunctions, sexual addictions, and even illegal sexual behaviors.

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The Paradox of Change and Personal Growth

What allows us to change something in our lives? How do we change some aspect of ourselves that we don’t like, such as a habit, physical quality, or life circumstance?

The first step may seem counter intuitive. Our initial tendency when we don’t like something about ourselves is to either avoid thinking about it or to actively criticize ourselves for what we are doing or not doing–almost as a means of forcing the negative feeling out of ourselves. Therein lays our error in thinking. Most things we don’t like about ourselves have to do with the refusal to accept and love ourselves, just as we are because we feel we cannot accept/love ourselves as long as we have or do this thing we hate. In other words, our self-love and acceptance is contingent upon an inner ideal of perfection. Whether it is a physical attribute or a personality characteristic, our refusal to love and accept ourselves seem linked to  the idea that; “If I have what I want or look the way I want, then and only then I could feel O.K.”.

The problem with this way of thinking is that it is not the way the heart and mind actually work. Rather it’s the reverse. We have to accept and love ourselves exactly the way we are (and this takes an effort) and then and only then does this acceptance allow things to begin to change. Indeed it’s a bit of paradox. Nothing can change until you accept it as exactly as it is. If you don’t practice this unconditional self-acceptance then it won’t ultimately matter how much you change your life because you will always feel badly about yourself, as the real issue is your internal state of self-love, not the external state of your life. The trick is to become more comfortable with conscious practice, over time, in easing into this unconditional state of self-acceptance. Otherwise we are just chasing our tails hoping to find the inner peace and comfort from outside ourselves.

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Holidays Unplugged – How to disconnect and relax.

Holidays Unplugged first page

Here’s a great infographic on a better way to handle the stress of the holidays.

Click on the image, then “zoom” click to enlarge the image to full size.






Infographic courtesy of

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