Social Media Is Riskier for Kids Than ‘Screen Time.’
— February 16, 2022
By Jonathan Haidt, Jean Twenge, and Kevin Cummins
You are surprised to find that many of the scientific papers these articles are based on use a very broad definition of “sweets” — one that included not only candy and soda but also fresh fruit, carrots, and beets because of their sugar content. But you wonder: What if the research had been based on what your daughter is really after — junk foods with lots of refined sugar, such as candy and soda?
This is where we are with research on digital media use and mental health among teens — a place where the most cited studies are obscuring real risks.
Read the full Washington Post article.
Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership.