Survey Shows Screen Time on the Rise Despite Easing Lockdown Restrictions

After many weeks of being locked down and unable to leave their homes, people are finally able to go outside thanks to a general easing of lockdown restrictions in the US. However, in spite of the fact that people can leave their homes it seems like the stats around screen time, especially among teens, do not indicate them using their phones any less than they have been over the past few weeks during which it was understandable that they might want to try and use their phones more often due to the reason that they didn’t really have much else that they could do.

With all of that having been said and out of the way, a recent survey indicates that screen time has gone up quite a bit among teens. According to the survey, around 57% of respondents claim that their screen time has gone up by an hour on average and this is the sort of thing that can cause a lot of problems if you think about it because of the fact that if teens are using their phones too often you would generally assume that they are not doing anything productive. This can be seen with the 37% of respondents saying they mostly use their phones to stream TV shows or movies.

However, it is important to note that not all screen time is a bad thing. For young children, more screen time as well as the wide variety of videos they are watching all have quite a bit to do with their cognitive development. It can help them become accustomed to language in a very engaging manner. Teens that are on their phones a lot aren’t always watching shows either, there’s a lot of educational usage out there that they might just be looking into so there is no real reason to panic just yet.

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