Jill Bolte Taylor: Teenage Brains Sensitive To Technology

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a leader in the world of neuroscience, says teenagers are susceptible to over-stimulation because of their developing brains.

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Jill Bolte-Taylor holding a real human brain during her TED talk in 2008.

A lead researcher in the field of neuroscience says parents and their children need to create guidelines when it comes to how much and how often electronic devices are used.

People are using technology—smart phones, computers, iPads—more than ever before They are on the go and plugged in all the time.  Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor says this wired-in mentality is not what humans are programmed for biologically.

“Most of us think about ourselves as thinking creatures who feel but we are feeling creatures who think, and we live in a society that values what we think over what we feel,” she says.

Adolescents can be more negatively affected than others because their brains are still developing. Taylor says to cope with the lack of emotional satisfaction people feel, they try to mask the pain and often turn to addictions.

“It’s going to be a drug, sex, technology, food, whatever our addiction is, this is how we do this self-medication,” she says.

Taylor argues parents should help their children find a balance when it comes to technology so they do not become over-stimulated.

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