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"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting"
-Mary Wortley Montagu
-Mary Wortley Montagu
This book is 372 pages in length, 31 of those pages are References alone with 21 additional pages in the Appendixes with even more information.
Dr. Dunckley's book provides a ton of information regarding the effects of electronic usage on not only a child's brain, but also young adult brains, along with studies and real patient examples, showing how this simple electronic fast experiment, when accomplished properly, can help with behavior and social issues, improving grades in school, even with lessening ADHD and autism symptoms, and improving other issues like tics, OCD, depression and sleep.
When reading this book, even the sections that weren't pertinent to us, I only found a few mechanical things, like an extra word, a spelling mistake and a random gap in the text. You can't catch every little mistake and the few that were in this book didn't ruin the flow of reading so much to warrant losing a star. Here are a couple examples:
Kindle: (Page 106; Location 2074) an extra 'the' in this sentence: 'Many screen-related physical ailments are the really the indirect consequence...'
Kindle: (Page 147; Location 2852) misspelled word: one-one-one, supposed to be on, not one.
Kindle: (page 291; Location 5624) gaps between these words: '....technology, and education...'
The writing itself was very professional. You can tell that the author knows her subject matter and has a lot of knowledge in her field, and can back it up with all the studies she references. Such as:
Kindle: (Page 58; Location 1126) a study that followed 3,000 children over 2-years and the effects of kids who became pathological gamers versus those that stopped gaming pathologically.
Kindle: (Page 70, Location 1366) another study that followed 3,000 children over 3-years and the correlation between gaming and attention problems, the effect of violent gaming versus the amount of time played and the effects of said issues into adulthood.
Some people might find some of the information to be a bit redundant, especially when reading the entire book, not skimming to only the sections you need, but for the most part the information that she is sharing is either expounding upon a quick topic she mentioned previously or pointing you to another part of the book that will provide further detail, such as sections throughout the book about EMFs. Overall, I found the layout of the book very well done, especially considering the expanse of information and research being shared with the reader, and not repetitive at all.
Lastly, is this information relevant or can you pass it by and never read it? Yes, it is assuredly relevant, especially with how much people rely on technology in their day-to-day lives, the way it is used in schools and the amount of electronic time we use at home in the form of television, video games, iPads, Kindles and cell phones. I consider it relevant to not only myself but to others as well because of personal experience. I have done this experiment, twice in fact, and the improvements we saw in behavior, subject comprehension in school and grades, anger and sleep have been so amazing and wonderful. We did it the second time simply because of all the online schooling my children had to do this past year and a half due to Covid, hence a reset was needed. Based on my own experience and being around friends and family, I know that this little experiement can help other people.