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ronguest
ronguest

The “scientists” saying screen time is inherently dangerous are just seeking headlines.

there is “essentially no evidence” to support the idea that screen time is directly toxic to health Stop scaremongering about kids spending time on their phones

garciabuxton
garciabuxton

@ronguest Thanks for posting. I’ve been weary for years over all the scaremongering.

jack
jack

@ronguest reminds of this www.newyorker.com/humor/dai...

ronguest
ronguest

@jack Yeah, pretty much. The early anti-screen time “research” reminded of those who said cars were evil, music was evil, dance was TV was evil, etc. Kids and society and general is much more resilient and adaptable than these “experts” seem to think. Well, at least IMO.

bradbarrish
bradbarrish

@ronguest I’m just as skeptical as any parent, but there’s a significant difference in the apps on devices vs. tv, etc. Companies making the apps are manipulative by design. They’re designed to capture attention and elicit a dapamine response.

bradbarrish
bradbarrish

@ronguest Netflix recently decided not to green light a program that rewarded kids for watching Netflix.

ronguest
ronguest

@bradbarrish No doubt. The problem I have is the assumption that all screen time has the same effect. E.g. is my daughter spending 2 hours drawing on her iPad or my son reading for an hour or 2 the same as spending 2 hours on some sort of dopamine app? I don’t think so.

bradbarrish
bradbarrish

@ronguest then there’s the fallacy of the ‘I turned out fine’ argument.

bradbarrish
bradbarrish

@ronguest I agree. And BTW we aren’t a screen-free family.

ronguest
ronguest

@bradbarrish My mom used to get on me for being strict about car seats etc for our kids because of the “we turned out fine” argument. Sigh.

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bradbarrish
bradbarrish

@ronguest that would make me insane.

PeacheyMcKeitch
PeacheyMcKeitch

@bradbarrish @ronguest Yeah its never quite as black and white as its made out to be... The games with casino style mechanics to keep you playing are a big part of the problem I think. Its a shame that a creativly promising market like mobile games have been taken over by this crap.

ronguest
ronguest

@PeacheyMcKeitch You’re right about the casino style games. Couldn’t agree more.

jwhevans
jwhevans

@ronguest I find it hard to understand any of these “studies” as they almost exclusively lack references and explanations of controls. For that matter it seems ludicrous that we could comprehend the true impact in such a short time. We treat devices like every other item in our home. When iPads were new my kids used them obsessively. Now we can go for a week without seeing one. My son reads so much that I have to make him go outside. I truly believe that being a good parent is about knowing your kids and about helping them to make good choices in all areas.