Digital media use interferes with social skill development

New research from UCLA looked at the effect of digital media use in kids on their ability to relate socially.  Although the kids whose media use was restricted prior to the study had some difficulty adjusting to the “loss”, their scores on social interactions were significantly higher than their peer who continued to use their digital media devices.  The message: we need face to face time to relate socially, and digital media use is taking some of that time away.

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1 Response to “Digital media use interferes with social skill development”


  1. 1 Joseph S August 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Not sure if I read correctly: Digital media that includes photos, videos, etc interferes with social skill development … OK, but measures of this social skills development is the ability to recognize emotion in photos, videos, etc.
    So this culprit is necessary to show the desired behaviour! Huh? Would it not make sense to have the social skills including awareness of self and others in vivo rather than on screens of various sizes?

    But I am old and dealing with digital media to get this message across. Hope this makes sense. Please reply.


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