This is a nice overview of the importance of paying attention to evidence, and the best evidence, when confronted with worries and fears associated with the latest fashion. It’s a lesson in reality testing, but also, it’s a lesson in optimism.
Interestingly, for all the ways in which we worry about the impact of devices on young people, the way that seems to have unanimous concern is sleep. Otherwise it seems like there’s a right amount of screen time.
Fears over the impact on mental health of smartphones, social media and other trappings of the digital world are driving tech companies to change, but the evidence remains sketchy.