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Worry over kids’ excessive smartphone use is more justified than ever before, top psychologist warns

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December 18, 2018

Parents who fear their kids are spending too much time in front of screens now have more reason for concern.

New research funded by the National Institutes of Health found brain changes among kids using screens more than seven hours a day and lower cognitive skills among those using screens more than two hours a day.

When studies find links between screen time and negative outcomes, some have argued that this is just the latest moral panic over technology.

After all, didn’t the parents of baby boomers and Gen Xers worry that their kids were watching too much TV or talking on the phone too much? Those kids turned out OK, right?

So how are portable electronic devices, the chosen technology of today’s kids and teens – a generation I call ‘iGen’ – any different?

New research I’ve conducted on the relationship between portable device use and sleep provides some answers.

It almost goes without saying that today’s portable devices – including smartphones and tablets – are fundamentally different than the living room television sets and rotary phones of the past.

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Since researchers have been tracking TV watching habits, the average US teen has never spent more than two-and-a-half hours a day watching TV.

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This article was posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 6:55 am





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