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New research says that kids’ smartphone usage isn’t making them more depressed.

Jan 22 2020

New research says that kids’ smartphone usage isn’t making them more depressed. According to a study from The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, the link between social media use and depression and anxiety is “small and inconsistent.” Fears over the impacts of smartphone use on children have prompted protective legislation, and pressure on Big Tech to change the way they approach young consumers. While experts do believe that children who are on their phones too much can miss out on exercise and other activities, the study claims that the current “level of panic” over the issue are overblown. (NYTimes, Technology Review)