We know that tweens and teens love their smartphones, social media feeds and video games. But, just how pervasive is their use? More and more research is happening on the issue. Here are a few of the biggest studies on this issue, but check back often because we will be adding more as they come out.
The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Teens and Tweens 2015 -— This is a large-scale study that explores young people's use of the full range of media and technology. It offers a comprehensive picture of the use of media by kids, age 8 to 18 in the U.S., including the level of enjoyment, frequency of use, and amount of time devoted to a wide array of media activities and devices.
Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015 — The survey from the Pew Research Center examined the attitudes of teenagers age 13 to 17 years old, as well as those of their parents, toward technology.
Screenagers experts — Our movie features the leading researchers, psychiatrists, psychologist, professors and thought leaders on these issues:
SHERRY TURKLE, PhD
Distinguished psychology professor at MIT, Turkle studies the social and psychological effects of technology. Named Woman of the Year by Ms. Magazine, she has written five books, including Alone Together and Reclaiming Conversation.
Sinek is an internationally recognized thought leader in the area of human behavior and motivation. His TED Talk ranks among the five most viewed of all time. His best-selling books include Start With Why and Why Leaders Eat Last.
A nationally renowned author and speaker on issues related to teenage girls, Orenstein’s books include The New York Times best-sellers Cinderella Ate My Daughter and School Girls. Her articles have appeared in The New Yorker, O, The Oprah Magazine and Vogue, among others.
NICHOLAS CARR, MD
Carr, a former contributor to the World Economic Forum’s cloud computing project, has written multiple groundbreaking books on technology and culture, including The Shallows, What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us.
DIMITRI CHRISTAKIS, MD
Chirstakis is an internationally renowned researcher in child development, having published more than 170 research articles in this area. His work focuses on how early experiences affect children and how parents can improve their children's early learning environments.
LESLIE WALKER, MD
Dr. Walker, Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital, is an authority on teen addictive behaviors. A highly respected pediatrician, Walker is invited to speak to parents and teens across the country about many health issues including addiction prevention.
NINO RAMIREZ, PhD
Nino Ramirez is the director of the Center for Integrative Brain Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. A leading brain scientist, Ramirez‘s research team focuses on the effects of screen time on memory and learning.
LAURA KASTNER, PhD
A clinical psychologist and researcher, Kastner is the author of several highly regarded books including Getting to Calm and Wise-Minded Parenting. She is invited to speak to the media and parent groups nationwide on topics related to family dynamics and child development.