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All That Social Media Hasn't Hurt Kids' Social Skills, Study Finds

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by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Apr 17th 2020

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FRIDAY, April 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Today's youngsters are as socially skilled as previous generations, despite concerns about their heavy use of technology, like smartphones and social media, new research shows.

The researchers compared teacher and parent evaluations of more than 19,000 U.S. children who started kindergarten in 1998 -- six years before Facebook appeared -- with more than 13,000 who began school in 2010. That's when the first iPad came on the market.

"In virtually every comparison we made, either social skills stayed the same or actually went up modestly for the children born later," said study lead author Douglas Downey, a professor of sociology at Ohio State University.

"There's very little evidence that screen exposure was problematic for the growth of social skills," he added in a school news release.

Both groups of youngsters had similar ratings on interpersonal skills -- such as the ability to form and maintain friendships and get along with people who are different -- and on self-control, such as the ability to control their temper.

The only exception to the overall findings was that social skills were slightly lower for children who accessed online gaming and social networking sites many times a day.

"But even that was a pretty small effect," Downey said.

"Overall, we found very little evidence that the time spent on screens was hurting social skills for most children," he added.

While he was initially surprised to discover that time spent on screens didn't affect children's social skills, Downey said he shouldn't have been.

"There is a tendency for every generation at my age to start to have concerns about the younger generation. It is an old story," he noted.

"The introduction of telephones, automobiles, radio all led to moral panic among adults of the time because the technology allowed children to enjoy more autonomy," he explained. "Fears over screen-based technology likely represent the most recent panic in response to technological change."

New generations are learning that having good social relationships means being able to communicate successfully both face-to-face and online, according to Downey.

The study was recently published online in the American Journal of Sociology.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has more on children and screen time.