Increased Screen Time May Indicate Family Distress

EdSurge interviewed KidTalk's Principal Investigators Dr. Joshua Hartshorne and Dr. Yi Ting Huang about early findings suggesting that children’s “screen time” reflects parents’ stress levels and access to resources, not their philosophy or knowledge about child rearing.


“Screen time is a symptom of a family in distress,” says Joshua Hartshorne, co-author of the study and assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Boston College. “That’s what the COVID data seems consistent with. Take a whole bunch of parents. Take away their child care. Stress goes up and screen time goes up.”

Read the whole article to learn about how the common wisdom that screen time is problematic gives an incomplete picture of a complicated issue!