Media and Tech
Screen time has a high cost that we usually avoid acknowledging. Research shows that people who don't watch TV are happier and healthier, have better self-esteem and a healthier body image, and are less fearful. Families who watch less TV are closer, and kids who see less TV become sexually active at a later age.
When children and teens watch more than one hour of screen time on a daily basis, they are more likely to demonstrate lower psychological well-being, including lower self-control, more distractibility, more difficulty making friends, less emotional stability, being more challenging to care for, inability to finish tasks, and less curiosity. (See this study: Twenge J.M., Campbell W.K. (2018))
Limiting kids' screen use is simple protective parenting.
Research shows that the more TV kids watch, the less likely they are to read as they get older. Time spent on the one activity precludes the other.Read More