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What do we really know about the effects of screen time on mental health?

What do we really know about the effects of screen time on mental health? | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
Pete Etchells: A recent briefing from Public Health England warns that too much screen time is causing emotional problems in children. But is it that simple?

 

(...) But what do we actually know about the effects of screen time on childhood development? It's actually a really tough question to answer, in part because "screen time" is a pretty rubbish concept. It takes into account the use of anything that has a screen – TVs, mobile phones, games consoles and tablets. In a sense, it's easy to see how it's a compelling measure to use: it's a simple idea that everyone can easily relate to. The trouble is, it doesn't really do justice to the sheer diversity of content that screen-based technology can provide. For instance, two hours of watching Teletubbies is probably going to affect our behavior in a completely different way to playing Halo for a couple of hours (although it's questionable which one will do the more damage).

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Questionmark about (1) the distinction between passive and active screen time and (2) thorough research re. long-term effects of screen time on childhood development

 

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“Young E-Book Consumers Three Times More Likely to Use Social Media for Book Discovery” | LJ INFOdocket

“Young E-Book Consumers Three Times More Likely to Use Social Media for Book Discovery” | LJ INFOdocket | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it

In a survey conducted of over 1200 US e-reading consumers in late 2012, NextMarket Insights discovered 64% of those who use an Amazon e-reader (non-tablet) as their primary e-reading device use e-book store rankings and reviews as a way to discover new e-books, 17% more than those who use iPads.

According to the survey findings, e-book reading consumers aged 18-29 are two times more likely to use social media for book discovery than those aged 45-60, and over three times more likely as those aged over 60.

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