Relax, Your Smartphone Probably Isn’t Destroying Your Relationships

More than a decade’s worth of research shows there may be some hidden social upsides to screen time.

More than a decade’s worth of research shows there may be some hidden social upsides to screen time.

In a 2011 study at Stanford University, researchers asked a group of girls ages 8 to 12 by to surf the internet for up to five hours, then share how happy and socially comfortable they felt. The results weren’t encouraging. The more time the girls spent online, the less content and at ease in social settings they became, compared to peers whose screen time was more limited. Two years later, a separate study found that the mere presence of a cell phone during a face-to-face conversation reduces feelings of closeness, trust, and relationship quality—even if the phone isn’t being used.

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via Fast Company – Technology http://bit.ly/2m5UrmY

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