Apr 11, 2019
The debate continues! The latest multi-country study of nearly 18,000 kids in England, Ireland, and the US analyzed the effect of screen time on adolescent well-being. When the data were tabulated, no negative effects could be found.
The University of Oxford investigators looked at the duration of screen time and its proximity to bedtime. They scrutinized the impact of time with digital devices on adolescent overall well-being, self-esteem, psychosocial functioning, mood, and frank depressive symptoms.
Using best practice methodological and statistical techniques, the conclusion is that screen time is not harmful to teens. Even this conclusion does not invalidate the universal advice that moderation is always the best policy. Overwhelming numbers of screen time hours rob children of other opportunities in the real world, and they limit vital time for physical activity.
Amy Orben, Andrew K. Przybylski. Screens, Teens, and Psychological Well-Being: Evidence From Three Time-Use-Diary Studies. Psychological Science, 2019; 095679761983032 DOI: 10.1177/0956797619830329
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