Beware of 'Digital Heroin' Clickbait

7/18/2017 • ☕️ 1 minute read

This week a new article published by Psychology Today entitled “Parenting in the Era of Addictive Electronics” puts forward the assumption that ”screen time, particularly the interactive kind acts like a stimulant, not unlike caffeine, amphetamines…

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A Parent’s Guide wins Honourable Mention in Science at the INDIES

6/24/2017 • ☕️ 1 minute read

This week the winners of the 2016 FOREWARD Review’s Indie book awards were announced and A Parent’s Guide to Video Games was awarded honourable mention in the science category! Selected from over 6000 submitted books, it was a huge honour to be…

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ICYMI: New Game Studies Books

4/30/2017 • ☕️ 2 minute read

What a time to be someone who studies video games! When I started down this line of research (~2008) there were very few comprehensive resources in the field — particularly books. Flash forward to today, and there are literally hundreds! However…

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A Parent’s Guide to Video Games is a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist

3/17/2017 • ☕️ 1 minute read

I am so proud to announce that A Parent’s Guide to Video Games has been selected as a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award in the science category! With over 2250 entries to the INDIES awards this year, it was a particularly…

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#AskDrRachel, A New Monthly Column Hosted by Fangirl Magazine

3/11/2017 • ☕️ 1 minute read

I am proud to announce that I will be contributing a new monthly column to Fangirl Magazine called “Ask Dr. Rachel!”. In it, I will be fielding questions posed through social media about all things video games, and game studies, with a focus on media…

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Sexism, Misogyny, and Harrasment in Online Games

2/28/2017 • ☕️ 1 minute read

Concern about sexism, misogyny, and harassment in online games is of an ever growing concern among parents around the globe. This is perhaps because online games continue to grow in popularity among female players (in fact, a 2015 Pew Research study…

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Digital Heroin: A rebuttal

2/13/2017 • ☕️ 3 minute read

In August 2016, Dr. Nicholas Kardas published an article in the New York Post entitled “It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies”. In the opening paragraphs, he describes how playing Minecraft on an iPad quickly turned a…

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A Parent's Guide, Video Games, & Christmas

12/24/2016 • ☕️ 1 minute read

This week, I visited my local Fox news studio to talk about A Parent’s Guide…, video games, and Christmas. A lot of parents are concerned about the amount of time their children playing games during the holiday season. How much is too much? Is it…

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A Parent’s Guide on KXAN

12/20/2016 • ☕️ 1 minute read

This morning I had the pleasure of talking about A Parent’s Guide to Video Games on my local NBC affiliate news station. It is especially important to talk about video games this time of year, as many parents are scrambling to get their children’s…

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New Book Alert: A Parent's Guide to Video Games

12/3/2016 • ☕️ 1 minute read

My new book, A Parent’s Guide to Video Games: The essential guide to understanding how video games impact your child’s physical, social, and psychological well-being, was released this week!

Despite the fact that video games have been in our everyday…

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