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Readers React: It shouldn’t take a study to convince us that screen time is bad for kids

A customer tests a new iPhone at the Apple store in Moscow on Sept. 28, 2018.
A customer tests a new iPhone at the Apple store in Moscow on Sept. 28, 2018.
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To the editor: Naomi Schafer Riley asserts that screen time is bad for kids and points to a scientific study revealing lower cognitive outcomes as one effect.

But even common sense suggests that kids spending disproportional time submerged in a digital experience can lead to an effacement of reality.

Looking at a beautiful pixelated image of a rose does little to match the actual aroma, hue and touch of the real rose. A kid texting another does not stand up to the multidimensional connection associated with a face-to-face encounter.

I concur — keep kids in touch with the world, but not on a touch screen.

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William K. Solberg, Los Angeles

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