The 24-hour news cycle has become more inundating with the rapid rise of new media and technology.
Media – which includes news, advertising, entertainment, plus digital content like mobile apps – and screens displaying that information are seemingly everywhere and fully integrated into the routine of many Americans at all ages.
From tweets to Facebook posts to viral videos, there is now more competition for a consumer's time and attention.
With the introduction of push notifications and countless apps aggregating articles, combined with what seems like constantly "breaking news," the information consumption can quickly become overwhelming.
How does media consumption impact brain development and mental health? How much is too much?
As concern rises about misinformation online, what can we do to become more media literate? What does a reasonable consumption of media look like in 2018?
- Mary McNaughton-Cassill, professor of psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio
- Sierra Filucci, executive editor of parenting content for Common Sense Media
- Tessa Jolls, president of the Center for Media Literacy