Study: Kids who ditch smartphones for outdoor fun are ‘substantially’ better at reading emotions
August 23, 2014 11:00 AM
A new study suggests that excessive smartphone use is hurting kids’ ability to read social cues.
Using the gold standard of psychological testing, experimental field design, researchers from UCLA took a random selection of sixth-grade students to an outdoor camp for five days. Compared to a control group, in the camp group, “we found that children who were away from screens for five days with many opportunities for in-person interaction improved significantly in reading facial emotion,” the research team explained...
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