Summary #974

Content type -- not amount of screen time -- linked to negative psychological consequences

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  • Two studies based on one dataset (3,659 children surveyed throughout 4 years) show that, essentially, negative content is linked to negative thinking patterns.
  • Researchers found that social media and TV consumption are linked to anxiety and depression in teenagers.
  • Surprisingly, no such link was found for video games, presumably because playing games is a social activity that allows people to spend more time with friends.
  • Ultimately, it looks like screen time in itself isn’t harmful, but it can be if young people consume the wrong content
  • In particular, content that causes youths to compare themselves to more successful peers was found to be harmful, as it makes young people more depressed.

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