A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley
The people who are closest to a thing are often the most wary of it. Technologists know how phones really work, and many have decided they don‚Äôt want their own children anywhere near them.
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.
‚ÄúDoing no screen time is almost easier than doing a little,‚ÄĚ said Kristin Stecher, a former social computing researcher married to a Facebook engineer. ‚ÄúIf my kids do get it at all, they just want it more.‚ÄĚ...