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Screen Time Vs. Real Life: A Balancing Act

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Technology has transformed how we interact with the world, how we communicate with each other and how we consume information. Between smartphones, computers, tablets, TV sets and video games, screen time can easily dominate your waking hours. 

What does this increased digital consumption mean for the human brain? How can you find a screen-time limit that works for your life?

American adults spend more than 11 hours every day consuming various media, with an average of 3 hours, 35 minutes per day on mobile devices alone. Youth ages 8-18 look at screens for more than seven hours a day.

What are the potential long-term effects of prolonged screen time? Are developing minds more affected? At what point is this kind of consumption considered an addiction?

Should screen time be limited or monitored more closely, or are these worries unfounded? What are the challenges to limiting screen time?

Are you mindful of how much time you and your loved ones spend looking at screens everyday? What healthy habits can help keep your screen time in check?


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This interview was recorded on Tuesday, May 14.

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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.