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River music

"River music" Continued...

Issue: "Effective compassion," July 27, 2013

Christie points to the revitalized north end section of the LA River, where waters gurgle and birds sing. But there are also sounds of father-and-son fishing, bicycle tires skidding, and kids playing soccer: “That’s us too, with the river. The music of the place includes us, but also more than us. We’re not the only ones making music.”

Digital dementia?

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The Telegraph (UK) newspaper reports that South Korean doctors are seeing more people with a decline in cognitive abilities of the sort “more commonly seen in people who have suffered a head injury or psychiatric illness.” They call the decline “digital dementia,” and say it comes from the overuse of smart phones and other digital devices.

More than two of three South Koreans have a smartphone, and more than 18 percent of young Koreans between the ages of 10 and 19 use their phones more than seven hours a day. Doctors speculate that use of smartphones results in underuse of the right side of the brain, where concentration occurs. 

According to German neuroscientist Manfred Spitzer, the devices cause irreversible damage to children’s still-developing brains. American schools are spending more to equip classrooms with digital devices, but Spitzer wants them banned from German classrooms. —Susan Olasky

Sophia Lee
Sophia Lee

Sophia is a features reporter for WORLD. She graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in print journalism and East Asian language and culture. She lives in Los Angeles with her cat, Shalom. Follow Sophia on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

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