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The Pros & Cons of Technology Time

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By: Jaclyn Rink, MSCP, LLP 

  • The CDC recommends limiting your tech time to 2 hours per day, not including the time necessary to do homework/work.
  • Children and teens (ages 8-18) spend approximately 7.5 hours a day on technology for entertainment purposes.
  • 4-5 of these hours, on average are spent watching T.V. or Youtube videos.

Spending more than 3 hours a day on technology has been linked to higher rates of mental health disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, etc.)

The Pros:

  •  Platform for expression & creativity
  • Immediate access to supportsThe Pros & Cons of Technology Time - MFS Blog - McCaskill Family Services - pros
  •  Keeps us socially connected to others
  • Access to information/knowledge
  •  Real-time life updates
  •  Networking opportunities
  •  Inspiration to new activities and experiences (e.g. travel, hobbies)
  • Virtual learning can more easily accommodate different learning styles
  •  Potentially motivating


The Cons:

  • Can leave us feeling left out or lonely: FOMO
  • Over usage linked to mental health disorders
  • Cyberbullying and harassment
  • Expectation to always be availableThe Pros & Cons of Technology Time - MFS Blog - McCaskill Family Services - cons
  • Disrupts sleep
  • Pressure to be popular and appear perfect
  • Mindless scrolling = major time waster
  • Sedentary activity
  • Inaccurate & misleading information

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