Teenagers will probably like this latest bit of research: It claims that just because kids are only line all the time (check out this Common Sense Media study that clocks the average high school user at 9 hours a day, NOT including screen-time at school), we parents don’t necessarily need to worry.
Yep, the findings in a study published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science suggest that, contrary to much parental hand-wringing, all of that time on the screens pretty much mirrors the normal ups and downs that teens will experience offline. In other words, teens are using all of this technology to hang out with and stay connected to one another constantly. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing at all. The study found that teens with strong offline social networks tended to reinforce and strengthen those relationships through online interactions. Rather than connecting with strangers, most adolescents use digital media to interact with friends and acquaintances already in their face-to-face social networks.
But the same study did suggest that this life spent online does have two very negative downsides: One is that online bullying exposes teens to new risks. The other is that the time spent glued to screens does definitely take a toll on both the quality and quantity of sleep need.
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