If Happiness is the Goal for Teens, Screen Limits are the Path—Screen Free Parenting
We shouldn't be surprised by the idea that disconnection from our real lives is causing stress, but the numbers are showing that virtual connection does not substitute interactions face-to-face.
"The research suggesting teens’ time online may not be time well spent is starting to stack up. One study found that time spent online by teenage girls was associated with the belief in the thin ideal, poorer body-related self-esteem and increased dieting behavior (Tiggemann & Slater, 2013). More than half of teens themselves report feeling addicted to their phones and social media accounts, feeling compelled to constantly check. And a recent survey by the American Psychological Association links that “need to check” is a significant source of stress for most Americans."
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