Note — Nov 04, 2018

A Dark Consensus About Screens & Kids Emerges in Silicon Valley

Walking back technosolutionism in kids’ education and day to day. I found the indiscriminate use of “screen” annoying. Watching tv might not be great but it’s not the same thing at all as playing addictive games on a phone for unchecked lengths of time. Also, saying “phone” when of course it’s the apps on the phone that are addictive.

A wariness that has been slowly brewing is turning into a regionwide consensus: The benefits of screens as a learning tool are overblown, and the risks for addiction and stunting development seem high. The debate in Silicon Valley now is about how much exposure to phones is O.K. […]

“We have friends who are screen abolitionists, and we have friends who are screen liberalists,”