The Cost of Connection

August 23, 2018
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Is The Cost of Constant Connection…Feeling Disconnected?

New studies reveal whether our digital connections are draining our connections to each other & the world around us.
"Decades of research on happiness tell us that engaging positively with others is critical for our well-being. Modern technology may be wonderful, but it can … take away from the special moments we have with friends and family in person."

Ryan Dwyer of the University of British Columbia on his study of smartphone distraction at the dinner table.

Why It Matters

  • One recent study asked adult participants to either place their phone on vibrate or separate from them completely while at their dinner tables.
  • Participants who had their phones easily accessible had more trouble staying present in the moment,A reported feeling more distracted, & enjoyed the experience less.

The Next Generation

Another new study analyzed data from annual survey of 12th graders

  • In 2016, the average 12th grader spent about 6 hours/day online, texting, and on social media.
  • In 2016, nearly a third of 12th graders hadn’t read a book for pleasure in a year.A In the 1970s, 60% of 12th graders read a book or magazine almost every day.

In 2018, 45% of teens say they're "online almost constantly," according to Pew Research Center – that's up nearly 50% from 2014-2015.

by Jenna Lee,