8 Ways Screens Are Ruining Your Family’s Life

Ways Screens Are Ruining Your Family's Life

For her new book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, Catherine Steiner-Adair EdD — a clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard, a school consultant, and a therapist in private practice — interviewed more than one thousand children between the ages of 4 and 18 to find out how technology was impacting their relationships and their social and emotional lives. What Steiner-Adair discovered was neither surprising, nor comforting: Technology is becoming a kind of “co-parent;” too much screen time is impeding childhood development; and parents’ obsession with their devices is harming communication with their children and even fracturing families.

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