How much is too much?

Excessive Technology Use Among Students

The majority of kids and teens spend about 75% of their waking lives attached to a screen of some sort....

Kids spend 7 hours a day, 7 days a week engaging in media....

7th-12th graders spend 1.5 hours texting each day....

Students who spend their time consuming so much media seem to have a harder time in school. Nearly half (47 percent) of the young people who were classified as heavy users - meaning they consume more than 16 hours of media in a typical day - say they usually get fair or poor grades (mostly C grades or lower), compared to 23 percent of moderate users, who consume anywhere from three to 16 hours of content. Heavy users are also more likely to get into trouble, and are often sad, unhappy, or bored, according to the study.

While screen addiction should be a concern, its not about cutting screens out entirely. Screen time and technology are valuable and often enjoyable resoruces, in moderation. Plus with the continued growth of technology for work and school, it's better to teach students how to be responsible. Balance is key. Teach students how to use technology without compromising the wide range of screen free expericences.