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Jan 22, 2019 02:51:35

Screen time

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Victoria Maung

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More screen time equals less happy kids, or so the dogma goes.

But TechCrunch published an article featuring a research publication saying that there really is, at best, a small correlation between the use of digital technology and adolescent well-being. 

I can't speak with the rigor of an academic study, but I would imagine that the correlation would be contingent on the form of engagement that occurs in the social media use.

When social media serves as a digital extension of self, providing accessibility to a close-knit circle of friends and family with whom a healthy relationship is shared, the correlation should be positive. (Anecdotally, I also find myself happier the more time I spend doing something else with only the rare social media update.)

When social media engagement is passive and serves as a news feed to impulsively glance through the moment our attention slips away from something else, I imagine the correlation would be negative. Especially if social media insidiously creeps into becoming a standalone source of our entertainment.

Yes, social media can augment a person's likability and their subsequently expanded social networks. After all, vulnerability can be attractive if a person is judged competent at any domain, whether fashion, fitness, or intelligence, for example. 

Whatever social media as a vast umbrella does to affect its users might be reflected by The Public Isolation Project, an art piece that features a girl on her phone in an isolated gallery for one month. 

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    @vickenstein I don't think we have enough studies and data yet to definitely quantify the effect (positive or negative) of the use of digital technology and social media for kids and teens. I found it interesting when I heard that the gurus in Silicon Valley who invented all this stuff do not allow their kids to use devices. As with anything in life, moderation is probably the safe bet.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 22, 2019 15:13:57
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      @brandonwilson true--moderation is probably best. It's interesting to see how a tablet-using generation will grow up!

      Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Jan 23, 2019 03:33:03
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