Technology and Deficits in Social Skills

Too much time interacting with technology and too little time interacting with humans in the same room can lead to some serious social difficulties. For instance, girls ages 8 to 12 who spend a lot of time consuming media and attempting to multitask report lower self-esteem and more difficulty socializing compared to their less media-driven peers, according to a study by Stanford researchers.

The antidote to this problem, according to study author Clifford Nass, is for children to spend more time interacting with others face-to-face and thereby learning crucial skills in emotional recognition.

--Liz Soltan