Panicking About Your Kids’ Phones? New Research Says Don’t

Candace L. Odgers and Michaeline R. Jensen published a review of the research from the past decade that combs through about 40 studies that have examined the link between social media use and both depression and anxiety among adolescents. That link, according to the professors, is small and inconsistent.

A growing number of academics are challenging assumptions about the negative effects of social media and smartphones on children.

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Ian O'Byrne

Dr. W. Ian O’Byrne is a educator, researcher, & speaker. His work centers on teaching, learning, and technology. He investigates the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online & hybrid spaces.

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