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Advance Praise for i-Minds

In this meticulously researched and necessary book Mari Swingle shows how the i-world is hijacking young people’s minds and even their brains. Her practical advice guides us to become masters, not servants, of the technology we are bequeathing to our children.

Gabor Mate M.D., co-author, Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Need To Matter More Than Peers and author, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction


Dr. Mari Swingle brilliantly explains how digital displays and social media are changing our brains by capturing our evolutionary survival patterns. i-Minds  is a must read to understand the impact of our digital revolution and how to use it wisely. She explains why students’ attention spans have significantly decreased, ADHD, depression, impulsivity and anxiety have increased, and why students who take notes on digital devices in the classroom (tablets, smart phone or laptops) do significantly worse than those who still write notes on paper.

Erik Peper, PhD, Professor, San Francisco State University, President of the Biofeedback Federation of Europe, co-author, Fighting Cancer: A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment, author of the blog, The Peper Perspective-Ideas on illness, health and well-being (

An eye-opener. This book left me speechless. i-Minds made me look inward at my own relationships with people and technology and consider whether I liked the impact instead of just blindly following it.

Rob Kall, host, Bottom up Radio; publisher, OpEdNews;
and founder, organizer of the Winter Brain Meeting


In this age of screens we’re beset with a pack of new emotional and behavioral conundrums. Mari K. Swingle walks us through the fundamentals of these changes with a kindness and clarity I find deeply refreshing. i-Minds is a well-researched guide for teachers and parents keen on understanding the ramifications of our new media climate.

Michael Harris, author, The End of Absence:
Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection

In i-Minds, Mari K. Swingle offers exceptional insights into the emotional and behavioural problems that may arise from living in a 24/7 wired world. She also provides deep insights to those trying to help anyone who’s addicted to their digital devices.

Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight


i-Minds is more than a book. It’s a tool to help us decide when screenbased devices are enriching our lives, and when they’re stealing it. If you’ve looked at your smartphone, checked your social media feed, or distracted your kid with an iPad today, you need to read this book right away.

Jon Cooksey, director, How to Boil a Frog

A genuinely original position on a historically significant cultural issue…. A scientifically rigorous and philosophically challenging argument that digital media is not merely shaping culture, but also the very nature of the human brain.

Kirkus Reviews


This book is a revolution. Dr. Mari Swingle pushes boundaries effectively without pointing fingers at any particular generation. She emphasizes that excessive technological use can put any age group at risk of developing behavioral issues, which is quite original compared to other authors who tend to accuse only the young of using too much i-tech…. Her findings are truly extraordinary

San Francisco Book Review