"Parents fretting over when to get their children a cell phone can take heart:
A rigorous new study from Stanford Medicine did not find a meaningful
association between the age at which kids received their first phones and their
well-being, as measured by grades, sleep habits and depression symptoms.
The study, which appeared recently in Child Development
, is unusual because
it followed a group of more than 250 children for five years during which most
of them acquired their first cell phones. Instead of comparing phone-using kids
with those who don’t have phones at a single point in time, the scientists
tracked the participants’ well-being as they transitioned to phone ownership.
“We found that whether or not the children in the study had a mobile phone, and
when they had their first mobile phone, did not seem to have meaningful links
to their well-being and adjustment outcomes,” said lead author Xiaoran Sun,
PhD, who was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford Medicine and Stanford Data
Science when the study was conducted. For parents wondering when to get their
child a phone, she said, “There doesn’t seem to be a golden rule about waiting
until eighth grade or a certain age.”"
Via Future Crunch
issue 193: https://futurecrunch.com/
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