Research + News | Topic: Adolescent Development
Feb 10, 2020
We Gave Teenagers Smartphones. Did We Rob Them Of An Inner Life?
Teens, more than anyone, need time spent in solitude, where emotions are processed and the brain powers down. Read the article here.
Jan 23, 2020
Communications Time Bomb: Parents’ Smartphone Use Could Be The New Secondhand Smoke
Adults’ digital habits could be hazardous to children’s speech and language development. Read the article here.
Nov 8, 2019
Too Much Screen Time May Be Stunting Toddlers’ Brains
Toddlers who spend loads of time looking at tablets, smartphones or TVs may be changing their brains, and not for the better. Read the article here.
Sep 5, 2019
Less Screen Time, More Sleep, Better-Behaved Kids
Researchers found that 8- to 11-year-olds who got adequate sleep and had limits on “screen time” were less likely than their peers to report problems with impulsive behavior. Read the article here.
Jul 5, 2019
Study Finds Sexting May Be A Healthy Part Of Growing Up?!?
University of Texas Medical Branch researchers say that when older teens are sexting – sharing sexually explicit pictures and videos over mobile phones – it may simply be a healthy part of growing up. Read the full article here.
Jul 3, 2019
Neuroscience Explains Why Instagram Is So Bad For Teen Girls
Thanks to ongoing brain development and increased sensitivity to dopamine (a neurotransmitter associated with motivation, pleasure and reward), teenagers are more likely to crave reward-based experiences. And, because their prefrontal cortex (the area associated with understanding, evaluation and decision-making) is still developing, social interactions greatly shape impulse control and critical thinking.
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Jun 17, 2019
Activist Campaigns Have Unforeseen Negative Impact On Teens
New research suggests such campaigns can harm vulnerable populations in ways not yet fully understood. Read the article here.
Jun 13, 2019
When Social Media Is Really Problematic For Adolescents
Underlying problems may make some young people particularly vulnerable to what they find on social media, an expert says. Read the article here.
May 24, 2019
Dear Parents: The Internet Never Forgets
Many children growing up today will discover that their digital footprint began in utero and didn’t stop there. This phenomenon has come to be known as “sharenting”—when parents share pictures and videos of their kids on social media, creating an indelible trail of digital bread crumbs. Watch a video report covering this issue here.
May 16, 2019
How Social Networks Are Recruiting Teenage Extremists
The internet is a dangerous place for a lonely teen to be. Read the article here.