In the wake of the dramatic shifts in the landscape of digital media, there has been an uptick in research examining its putative consequences. In the public arena, the implications of this research have often been presented as consequential or trivial. Those who argue that there are consequential links between child “screen use” (ie, television, device or application use, and/or gaming) and delays or deficits in child developmental health (ie, physical, socioemotional, or cognitive)1,2 support the need for screen use guidelines to help moderate its use in children. Conversely, some researchers have argued that the magnitude of the associations is trivial3 and call for no limits on screen use. As is often the case in public discourse, these respective camps have become polarized and a moderate stance is lacking. That is, digital media is a remarkable and exciting tool for human advancement, but like many good things, it can also be problematic or harmful when used in certain ways.
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Browne D, Thompson DA, Madigan S. Digital Media Use in Children: Clinical vs Scientific Responsibilities. JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(2):111–112. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.4559
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