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Slot Machines, Video Poker and Online Gambling. Increasing dependency among the elderly

Retired women bundled up in their patched coats, with their purses carelessly thrown on the ground, completely taken by the lights and sounds of the slot machine in an anonymous, gray bar. Widowers sitting on a stool in a noisy game room, their cigar butts slowly dying, as they stare at a video poker game. Then there are those who prefer to remain in the solitude of their own homes, removed from possible judgement by others, to play endless gambling games on an online casino that promises easy and immediate winnings. This is no bleak plot of a film noir, but unfortunately, a sad, distressing, and increasingly common reality in countries around the globe. Read more...

 

Character Education and Digital Lifestyles

98% of young people between 16 and 34 are connected to the Internet 24 hours a day, especially via their smartphones. The remaining 2% are not – but probably only because they’ve got a dead battery or have run out of phone credit.

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Snapchat: new frontier of social networks or social trap to flee?

Messages, images and videos that self-destruct almost immediately. No, it’s not something from the latest spy movie out at the cinema, but the mechanism behind the most popular social networks at the moment - at least among US teenagers.

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Candy Crush Saga: What lies behind the candies? A journey through obsession, addiction and loneliness

Candy Crush Saga: What lies behind the candies? A journey through obsession, addiction and loneliness

What is Candy Crush Saga?

Candy Crush Saga is one of the most downloaded free apps...

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The 10 Commandments of Social Networks

The 10 Commandments of Social Networks

In December 2012, the image of Benedict XVI holding an iPad while sending out hi...

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Pokemon Go Mania: Is the Game already over?

Pokemon Go Mania: Is the Game already over?

It was early summer, just a few months ago. Millions of people around the world ...

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Online Gaming: the 4 main threats

Online Gaming: the 4 main threats

A recent report from Kaspersky Lab, one of the worlds largest companie...

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Essentials of Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church on Communications and Social Media

Essentials of Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church on Communications and Social Media

What is the Church’s general attitude towards the media?

All means of commun...

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Is Wikipedia the New Encyclopedia of Post-modern Times?

Is Wikipedia the New Encyclopedia of Post-modern Times?

Nathaniel Tkacz. Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness . University of Chicago Pre...

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The Family: the Invisible Factor

The Family: the Invisible Factor

That the family is a key piece in the building up of society has been an axiom tha...

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The Image of Fatherhood in 100 Movies

 The Image of Fatherhood in 100 Movies

We are happy to announce the presentation of a soon-to-be-published book that ga...

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Bringing Back a Buried Love

Bringing Back a Buried Love

They live in the same house, share the same room: they are husband and wife, yet...

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Helping Parents to Deal with Adolescent Children

Helping Parents to Deal with Adolescent Children

Many parents see the stage of adolescence as a period of uncertainty and anxiety...

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5 Books for Young People That Never Go Out of Style

5 Books for Young People That Never Go Out of Style

Reading a good book broadens the mind, makes us grow; it is like meeting a new t...

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Letter from a husband to his wife

Letter from a husband to his wife

YOUR BODY ENCHANTS ME

My beloved bride:

I truly wish you knew how much I love your...

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Publications and Documents

pdf-icoMessage of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 49th World Communications Day
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pdf-icoThe love that brings new life into the world” – Rabbi Sacks on the institution of marriage.
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pdf-icoIt’s a synod on the family, remember?
Divorce, annulments, and contraception certainly have their impact on family life, but surely it is a negative one.

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pdf-icoCreative Language: Decoding, Reframing and Defending Concepts of Human Identity
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pdf-icoFamily or Families?
Towards a better understanding of Humanization and Generativity
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pdf-icoSocial Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization.
Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the 47th World Communications Day
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pdf-icoThe Familiaris consortio (On the role of the Christian Family in the Modern World) thirty years later
Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop of Bologna. Bologna, AMBER Association, 22 January 2012.
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pdf-icoFamily relationships, how they are presented in the media, and virtual relationshipsNorberto González Gaitano (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross).Giovanni Spadolini’s Hall. Senate of the Italian Republic.International Day of the Family, May 13, 2011.
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pdf-icoThe secret of brands. What’s hidden behind the communication of fashion: real needs or only emotive suggestions?The new edition of What’s left of the media by Gianfranco Bettetini and Armando Fumagalli (Quel che resta dei media; Franco Angeli, Milan) has recently hit bookstores.
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giovanni_paolo_ii_50_50Message of John Paul II for the 38th World Communications Day (2004)
"The Media and the Family: A Risk and a Richness ."
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giovanni_paolo_ii_50_50Message of Benedict XVI for the 43rd World Communications Day (2009)
"New Technologies, New Relationships. Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship."
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