Does Electronic Media Make Kids Happy?

Most young people have a cell phone and an iPod and nearly one third own a laptop computer. And a recent survey shows that the more media kids use, the less happy they tend to be.

An article in USA Today titled “Kids less happy as they’re more plugged into TV, music, Web?“ reports that heavy media users (more than 16 hours of media content in a typical day) are more likely to have bad grades, more likely to be “often sad or unhappy,” less likely to get along well with their parents, and twice as likely to “get into trouble a lot.”

A key question still unanswered is whether consuming a lot of media makes children’s lives more troubled, or whether troubled kids simply consume more media.

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