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Robbie Gonzalez at wired.com:

The observation that an activity changes the structure or function of an adolescent's gray matter is the scientific equivalent of observing that water is wet. Many childhood activities alter the brain; what matters is the downstream effects of the alterations. Those effects are notoriously difficult to untangle from the many, many activities that shape a developing mind literally and figuratively. "It's a very complicated question, so people often oversimplify this kind of research," says neurobiologist Gaya Dowling, NIH director of the ABCD project. "Like the cortical thinning I mentioned on 60 Minutes: We don't know if it's good or bad—we just know that it is. That's one message that got lost in recent coverage of our study: We're seeing these associations, but we don't yet know what they mean."

Wired published an article advocating for caution regarding the recent media attention over concerns of screen-time addiction. Whilst some perspective is needed, for parents left feeling uncertain, Psychology Today weigh the evidence and also provide some helpful advice.

Wired published an article advocating for caution regarding the recent media attention over concerns of screen-time addiction. Whilst some perspective is needed, for parents left feeling uncertain, Psychology Today weigh the evidence and also provide some helpful advice.

∞ https://www.wired.com/story/year-in-review-tech-addiction-debate-all-wrong/ ∞ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/tech-happy-life/201812/are-concerns-about-screens-much-ado-about-nothing

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