Note — Nov 11, 2018

What the Times Got Wrong About Kids and Phones

Seen in → No.56

Source → cjr.org/criticism/times-silicon-valley-kids...

Good piece pushing back on the “dark consensus” article I linked last week, with a much more even handed and widely researched view. Although it doesn’t address one of the points that made the consensus piece valuable to me; the addiction inducing methods used in those products, which evolve quicker than the research. The parents in the piece are the “pushers” aware of what they are doing, where here it’s the results from longer term research. Still, the privilege and virtue signalling aspects Kamenetz mentions are important.

[M]isleading conclusions, and some of the anecdotal evidence they cited contradicted the central hooks of the stories. […]

But in fact, strict approaches aimed only at limiting screen time aren’t the most effective. You have to be a role model and engage alongside your kids, a notion that the Times stories largely skirted. […]

Yet even if taken as an anecdotal romp through the state of parenting, the series is flawed. The hook, for example, is that “the people who are closest to tech” are uniquely alarmed about kids and screens. In fact, most polls, such as this Pew survey, show that a majority of parents are concerned about their kids’ media use.