Fifteen years ago marked a sea-change in families’ everyday use of technology. In 2007, Apple introduced the first iPhone, Google initiated pre-roll ads on their newly acquired YouTube video-sharing website, and Netflix started in-home streaming of feature films and TV series.
Today, digital screens increasingly crop up in our daily lives, from work to shopping to family downtime. Even if valuing the convenience factor, a growing body of research about the harms of prolonged screen time summarized by Mayo Clinic and BabyCenter is worth examining.
As a parent of two children ages one and three, these issues go beyond a casual interest. A few clear takeaways are that too much screen time can contribute to hyperactive behaviors and stunt toddlers’ development of social skills. Live