Big Think: Kids today are lacking these psychological nutrientsDecember 2, 2020 by Lemos Kelly

April 30 2020 // by Nir Eyal

Big Think on the key to raising indistractable kids is to first determine why they're distracted.

Self-determination theory, a popular theory of human motivation, says that we all need three things for psychological well-being: competence, autonomy, and relatedness. When we are denied these psychological nutrients, the needs displacement hypothesis says that we look for them elsewhere. For kids today, that means more video games and screen time.