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With the ubiquity and availability of devices connected to the internet, access to pornography is easier than it has ever been. (Charles/Unsplash)

Watching pornography rewires the brain to a more juvenile state

Cognitive neuroscience finds that regular consumption of pornography affects the centres of the brain responsible for willpower, impulse control and morality.
Some people fear we’re interacting more with our phones at the expense of our loved ones. Ana Blazic Pavlovic/Shutterstock.com

How to tell if your digital addiction is ruining your life

While there are negative impacts, many of the risks of too much screen time are overblown. A scholar who has studied the topic for years offers some tips for finding the right balance.
We knew people with Parkinson’s disease were at heightened risk of developing addictive behaviours like gambling. Our research gives insight into why this is. From shutterstock.com

Why do many people with Parkinson’s disease develop an addiction? We built a virtual casino to find out

About one in six people who take the most common medication for Parkinson's disease will develop addictive behaviours. We found whether this happens depends on a person's unique brain structure.
Did ancient Egyptian parents worry their kids might get addicted to this game, called senet? Keith Schengili-Roberts/Wikimedia Commons

Games blamed for moral decline and addiction throughout history

Somewhere between the early Buddhist times and today, worries about game addiction have given way to scientific understanding of the benefits of play, rather than its detriments.
There are a few things people predisposed to addiction have in common. from www.shutterstock.com

Is there such thing as an addictive personality?

Addiction has multiple causes and just chalking it up to someone's personality probably isn't very helpful in dealing with it.
Every state bears the burden of the opioid crisis. Digital Deliverance/Shutterstock.com

Opioid epidemic may have cost states at least $130 billion in treatment and related expenses – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg

State governments are leading the charge against opioid makers over their role in the epidemic. A team of researchers at Penn State examined just how much the crisis has cost them.

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