We love our smartphones, tablets, laptops and game consoles. But what is the explosion in mobile technology doing to our brains?
Our guest, Professor Abigail Baird, is a developmental psychologist, expert on the teenage brain and mother of two young children. She says technology has great benefits, but also could have a negative impact on our conversations, memory and social life.
The brain's craving for novelty - for constant stimulation and instant gratification - makes our tech toys seem irresistible. So how do we put balance in our lives?
Abigail's fixes include time-out zones and no-screen places and events. Parents, she says, "should consider what is best for their families. For instance, I love the idea of 'no phone in the car.'"
Another tip for parents is to beware of tethering - when college students sometimes call home at least several times a day.
"Hard as it is for parents, once kids head off to college, they really need to rely on their interpersonal networks at school, not calling home."
Another fix: "As adults we have to set good examples to our children and not get too attached to our own screens."