Think those zero-screen-time families are better than the rest of us? According to new research, maybe not. A new study suggests that kids may be better off with moderate amounts of screen time as opposed to none at all.
Yes, you read that correctly. It turns out that compared with children who had no screen time at all, those who got a half-hour daily were 8 percent less likely to be depressed, and kids allowed an hour a day had 12 percent lower odds.
That one hour of daily screen time is definitely on the moderate side. It’s half of the two hours that the American Association of Pediatrics recommends. And keep the screen-time spectrum in mind: Kids who spent an average of five hours of day in front of screens were a full 80% more likely to be depressed than their peers with less or no exposure.
Parents should also know that these findings applied to children under 14. Older teens were far less negatively impacted by increased screen time. Read more here.