Like a lot of people, you probably spend a fair bit of time worrying about how much time you spend on your phone. Who doesn’t these days? But what really concerns you is the youth. What is all that swiping and snapping and gramming doing to their still-developing brains? Surely somebody’s studied this—the effect of all this screen time. So what have they found?
Well, to be honest: nothing conclusive. At least not yet.
On Thursday, Colorado senator Michael Bennet introduced legislation that would give the National Institutes of Health $65 million to investigate technology’s impact on infants, children, and adolescents. Called the Children and Media Research Advancement Act, or CAMRA for short, the bill would see that money distributed over the next five years, to researchers studying how things like mobile devices, social media, and virtual reality affect the way kids think, grow, and socialize.
The bill, which is cosponsored by Democratic and Republican