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Why measuring screen time is important

Sometimes there is a disconnection between scientific methods used to investigate a given phenomena and the language used to describe subsequent results.  When it comes to understanding the impact of technology use on health, wellbeing or anything else for that matter, the gulf is vast.  See here for a related discussion.  This has become even more important as the   UK Government is currently conducting an enquiry around the impact of screen time and social media on young people. The outcome could lead to new guidelines for the public especially parents with young children.   Many academics have already submitted evidence that argues for a cautious approach when developing any new guidance or regulation because the evidence base suggesting any effects (good or bad) remains relatively weak.  However, other voices have concluded that social media and screen time is a public health issue that needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.  To me, this view ignores the met