A scientifically rigorous and philosophically challenging argument that digital media is not merely shaping culture, but also the very nature of the human brain. Read full article
– Kirkus Review
San Francisco Book Review
i-Minds is truly eye-opening. Dr. Mari Swingle provides valid research on how technology can become a hindrance to any age group. I enjoyed the way she made me question popular technological norms in our society today, such as social media, video gaming, and cell phone usage, while still maintaining an objective stance on the topic. One of the most heart-wrenching points of her book is her discussion on the relation of excessive i-tech usage with mental illness. She explains to her readers why and how spending significant amounts of time on digital platforms leads to ADHD, OCD, and aggression. She was convincing in her argument merely by her knowledge on the subject and her ability to provide valid evidence to support her claim.
This book is a revolution. Through her writing, 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. Dr. Mari Swingle has an extensive background in psychology and has performed electroencephalography (EEG) on numerous patients to make her a solid counselor on the subject. Her findings are truly extraordinary.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone from their teens to the extremely elderly. This book should be required reading simply for its astuteness in addressing a global concern that is unknown to most and could very well prove problematic for our species as a whole. This book is easy to follow and engaging throughout. I have no prior training in psychology, so I was hesitant at first on how well I would understand the author’s theories. However, Dr. Mari Swingle explains all her scientific findings in layman’s terms, so that anyone and everyone can understand her and the results of her research. This book deserves accolades, and I encourage everyone to pick up a copy and read it!
– San Francisco Book Review Reviewed by Neha Patel
Forward Review, By Barry Silverstein
Anyone who has formed a dependency on a smartphone, tablet, or 24-hour digital connectivity would do well to read i-Minds, Mari K. Swingle’s eye-opening, and at times unsettling, book. Read full article
– Forward Review, By Barry Silverstein
Second Nature Magazine, By Howard Wetzel
My tongue-in-cheek argument above aside, a valuable new book, i-Minds: How Cell Phones, Computers, Gaming, and Social Media Are Changing Our Brains, Our Behavior, and the Evolution of Our Species by Mari K. Swingle, PhD vindicates my broad use of addiction in regard to media behavior, and describes the acts and conditions by which we can identify real media addiction. Read full article
– Second Nature Magazine, By Howard Wetzel
New Society Blog, By EJ Hurst
Dr. Mari Swingle’s newly released book, i-Minds: How Cells Phones, Computers, Gaming, and Social Media are Changing our Brains, our Behavior, and the Evolution of our Species takes a much closer look at this sometimes frivolous question. Read full article
– New Society Blog, By EJ Hurst
Georgia Straight Article
When Vancouver neurotherapist Mari Swingle decided to write a book about the effect of digital technologies on the human brain, she did something unexpected. Rather than completely immersing herself in the wired world, the Swingle Clinic learning and behavioural specialist chose to escape for a couple of weeks to an isolated field full of cattle. Read full article
– Charlie Smith
Suzanne Bouffard Article
It’s easy to see how the ubiquity of digital media is changing our lives, but how is it affecting our physical and mental health? “The short answer is that our brains are speeding up, but not in a good way,” according to psychologist Mari Swingle. Read full article
– Article for FABBS (Federation of Associations Brain and Behavioral Sciences): By Suzanne Bouffard
Changing Technology, Changing Brains
More Reviews & Reader Comments
I read [i-Minds] and found it fascinating –it should be required reading for anyone with kids.
It is beautifully researched, incredibly well-written, and entertaining all at the same time.