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Worries of Widespread 'Tech Addiction' May Be Overblown, Says Study

By Business Standard

November 24, 2020

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Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) have found a weak relationship between early technology use and later technology use, indicating that fears of widespread and long-lasting tech addiction may be overblown.

The study was based on data collected prior to the pandemic, and followed nearly 1,200 participants from adolescence into young adulthood.

The researchers indicated adolescents spent 33 hours per week pre-pandemic using digital technology outside of school, and that setting time limits or preventing children from watching shows during mealtimes did not affect how much they used technology as young adults.

However, they found adolescents who play a lot of video games generally are less physically active.

CU Boulder's Stefanie Mollborn observed, "What these data suggest is that the majority of teens are not becoming irrevocably addicted to technology. It is a message of hope."

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