Kids are reading, just not a lot of books….
In the late 1970’s around 60% of teens reported that they read books daily for pleasure (i.e. excluding books assigned as school work). In 2016, the number of teens who reported the same was down to 16%.
So if they aren’t reading books and magazines, what are they doing?
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Excessive screen use: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
24th July, 2018 (repost, original publication 3rd Auguat, 2017)
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis? Jene Twenge writes for The Atlantic.
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Social media blamed for reduced productivity at work
22 July, 2018
An article in the Melbourne Herald Sun claims that Australians are spending excessive time on social media while at work, resulting in productivity losses for companies and employers. It's worth noting that the article refers to 'research', but no source is supplied. Non-subscribers to the Herald Sun can read the article here
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Smartphones in schools - yes or no?
28th June, 2018
In this article published by The Conversation, a number of arguments for and against banning smartphones in schools are presented. Countries such as France and Ireland either have, or are planning to, put legistaltion in place to ban smartphone use in the classroom.
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Why kids seem to become addicted to games like Fortnite
More on less addictive phones
How does heavy use of a smartphone impact mental well-being?
19th May, 2018
In intersting look at the positive and negative influences of heavy smartphone use in 14-24 year olds. Self-expression is a positive, but lack of sleep, bullying, and mental illness are clear negayive outcomes.
The Economist (USA) / Read Full Article
How to curb a smartphone addiction
10th May, 2018
An article in Choice Magazine cites BlackScreens research and offers suggestions on how to curb your smartphone use
Choice (Aus) / Read Full Article