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Online Gambling Addiction and Endless Runner Games: the Doorstep?

Online Gambling Addiction and Endless Runner Games: the Doorstep?

Endless Games may be the door to Online Gambling Addiction.

In this video I explain the other side of the coin: Endless Games may be the door to Online Gambling.

It all starts with a neurosciences research: a group of researchers took a group of rats and created an action-reward system: the more the reward, the more the risk and the less the chance to win the prize.

They added lights and sound.

After a period of training, the rats acted in a very rational way: they preferred low but more probable rewards.

Then researchers made the lights brighter and brighter and the sound louder and louder.

The result: the more the brightness and the volume, the more rats acted high-risk behaviors, though the chance to win was lower.

This means that Online Gambling Addiction starts as a will of the Mind, but soon become an arc reflex mediated by dopamine, the pleasure substance.

Endless Games may be the door to Online Gambling Addiction.
They have poor gameplay, continuous flow of small rewards, lights and sounds.
The same as slot machines!

This means a continuous release of a small amount of dopamine, that may create addiction.

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Snapchat the False Privacy Promise for your Teenagers

Snapchat the False Privacy Promise for your Teenagers

Snapchat is the App of the moment, and Teenagers like it:

  • It’s visual by design
  • It’s fast and easy to use
  • Its messages disappear after they’ve been seen by the receiver

The last was the killing feature that made Snapchat so famous among Teenagers.

The same killing feature that gave us so many Cyberbullying and Revenge Porn troubles.

Snapchat and the Privacy Promise

Snapchat had been sponsored as the messaging App where your messages are deleted after heaving been visualized by the receiver.

Let’s see how…

We have two features to consider: the Direct Messaging feature and the Story feature.
Snaps behave differently according to the feature you are using for that snap.

The Direct Messaging feature (you send a snap to an individual contact or a group of contacts where each one is considered as individual):

  • Video: the receiver is allowed to watch it only twice, the it disappears from the App
  • Picture: the sender sets a time that ranges from 1 to 10 seconds. After the receiver opens the picture, it disappears after that amount of time from the receiver’s device, but the receiver is allowed to save it within the App
  • Text/voice messages: they disappear after the reading, but the receiver is allowed to save it within the App

The Story feature:

  • Here you are allowed to share pictures and videos
  • They are deleted after 24 hours, so people are allowed to watch them anytime they wish within the 24 hours

People are allowed to screenshot a snap, and the sender will be notified of it and will be able to see who made the screenshot.

So far so good, and your Children are sure they are safe about their snaps.
They believe they can Sexting while staying safe because their hot snaps are deleted after a small amount of time.
And if the receiver screenshots a snap, they are notified of it.
At least they believe it, as the devil lies in the (tech) detail.

How you can keep a Snapchat message without letting the sender knowing it

As every digital invention, there are some workarounds to jump over the developers restrictions.
As Adults, we have to make our Children aware of them to help them stay safe in the ghostly Digital World.

Let’s see some of these workarounds:

  • You can take a picture of a snap with another smartphone or camera: that way you have a new external picture you can use however you want without technical limitations
  • Just go to your device’s Store and download any of the (unofficial) Snapchat Apps that connect to your Snapchat account and let you save the snaps you receive…without the sender’s knowledge
  • The snaps you received are stored in a folder inside your device and deleted after the view: simply connect your device to a computer, go inside and find that folder…and the snaps stored in it. It works only before the view
  • Though the snaps you receive are deleted from your device, the App has a cache folder, where snaps are temporarily stored in order to be recovered faster and make the App more reactive. The files stored in this folder are overwritten as new content is stored there…but until then they are still recoverable by connecting the device to a computer and navigating inside the device with a good file explorer

As you can see Snapchat doesn’t guarantee your Children privacy at all, along their safety.

Should you forbid Snapchat to your Children?

Of course not.

Snapchat is just a tool, and if you forbid it to your Children, they will easily move to another App: there is such a great offer in the Stores!

In my professional experience, I noticed a curious and funny thing: Teenagers went crazy about their Privacy after I showed them how their contents would be used by iPredators.

So this is the point: our Children are very sensitive about their Privacy…after you explain them the Cyber Threats they may experience if they don’t take the topic for serious.

You may be tempted to force your Kids to delete the App for their safety.
I tell you to go the opposite way: install the App and start using it so that you will understand it for real (I wrote about how you can use Snapchat to improve your relationship with your Children HERE).
Then you show your sons and daughters the many ways other people are able to store your Kids snaps and how these iPredators may use them.

Snapchat is an App designed for Teenagers, so it’s very difficult to understand to Adults.
So you can add me there: this way we’ll stay in touch and you’ll be able to ask me whatever you need.

Here how you find me on Snapchat:

  • Install the App on your device
  • Create your account

Then you have 3 options:

  • Add me by username: search for ivan_psy (yes: there is an underscore!)
  • From your device tap this link and you’ll be redirected to my Snapchat account: https://www.snapchat.com/add/ivan_psy
  • From the App, add me by snapcode and point your device to the snapcode below (it’s like a QRcode, but for Snapchat)

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How to use Snapchat to stay connected with your Children

How to use Snapchat to stay connected with your Children

Whether it’s for College, University or an Internship, here we are: after some vacation your teens are ready to go away…again.

On one side, the empty nest is waiting for you in the shadow, on the other side your sons and daughters may feel the need for a stronger sense of the Family, hard to achieve without a daily physical contact.

If your children use Snapchat, you can have its features as allies in order to fix these missings.

Snapchat: why should you use it?

WhatsApp, Telegram, Hangout…and the classic SMS app…

You have one or more of these apps installed on your device, and you are happy with them: all of your contacts are there.

So it’s natural to make your teens use your favorite apps. Forget it: if they are on Snapchat, then you make it one of your preferred app, and there are many reasons why you should join the white ghost.

Snapchat is the natural habitat for your teens.

Your sons and daughters are going to have a very busy Life while away from home.

Furthermore, they are required to learn how to live on their own, how to cook for themselves, how to clean their home, wash dishes, iron their clothes.

A real organizational stress if they never accomplished such tasks before.

Plus: they meet new friends and say goodbye to the old one, maybe forever.

That is, they are growing up.

It’s easy for your children to get lost: while they are in the rush they are not aware of the days passing by, and you await for them to remember to open your favorite instant messaging app and use it.

Instead of forcing them to seek you, let them find you straight where they are.

Let them open their favorite app and find your messages.

Snapchat features, your allies: how to use them the strategic way.

Snapchat has many features that may appear odd and hard to master to us.

Once you understand them, they will be your allies, and soon you’ll discover how what you see as weak points are real strenghts.

Let’s see what allies are going to help you, and tips to use them in the most effective way.

  • It’s visual and fast to use

Though most of the other instant messaging apps allow people to share pictures and videos, they focus on text by design.

Snapchat is designed to share pictures and videos, so you take off your smartphone, open the app, and snap!: you have shared a visual content of yourself to your children.

And visual contents have great appeal to the youngest generations.

This makes you more comfortable with taking and sharing such a kind of content, and prevent your teens to get bored with your grey and flat text messages.

So you want to prefer pictures and videos to text.

Play with them, test doodles and add some funny text and emojis.

Be creative!

And if you fear to go wrong, relax and take it easy, for the following feature helps you with it.

  • It’s forgetful

If you share a picture or a video via direct message, the receiver is allowed to play it only twice. If you share something to your Story, it will last 24 hours.

Then it disappears forever.

You may argue that the receiver may take a screenshot of the picture, or record it by using a second device.

I agree, but think about it: new generations are very fast, and they hardly will stop their frantic Life to accomplish such “complex” actions.

So don’t worry if you send your sons and daughters a picture of yourself and fear to appear goofy: it’s not going to last.

And I share you a secret from my professional practice: kids and teenagers like people that show themselves as they are, without filters.

So don’t be afraid to be yourself, and…just snap it!

  • Don’t merely send a message: tell your Story to your teens

Relationship changes when your teens are away from home, and the communication follows accordingly.

Messages like “Turn off the washing machine when you are back home” or “Stop at the store and take some milk” make no sense anymore.

The communication shifts from the little daily directions to the meaning of a brand new experience.

So you use the My Story feature to share your moments to your sons and daughters.

And you are able to listen to the Stories of your teens.

Once the daily micro-directions lose their meaning, something new emerges: two Lives meet together.

The visual nature of Snapchat creates a deeper sense of intimacy: you will have the feeling to be together and enter each others Life.

Furthermore Stories don’t send push notifications, so they are not intrusive.

You share your Life and leave it at your teens disposal, awaiting to be opened by them.

And believe me: when they will see your account above the others, they will open it!

You send direct messages only when you want to communicate something very specific (or urgent) to your children.

Parents, the human edition.

Being natural is the keyword when you share your snaps on Snapchat, and your sons and daughters will thank you for this.

They have grown up, they entered the age when parents are not those Gods they used to be in the childhood.

Teenagers see parents as they are: human beings, with their strenghts and their weaknesses.

The worst thing you can do as parents is trying to appear a super-parent at all costs: you will appear sham.

Snapchat helps you to humanize your role and lower the barriers between you and your little beloved ones.

After many years you had to keep the role of the iron man (or iron woman): now you have the opportunity to relax and start to be yourself again.


Isn’t it a good thing?

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