Perspectives on Science & Policy
WE’RE TOLD THAT TOO MUCH SCREEN TIME HURTS OUR KIDS. WHERE’S THE EVIDENCE?
AK Przybylski & A Orben
The authors of a landmark study argue that social media use has only minor effects on wellbeing. But an entire industry says otherwise
WE WON'T KNOW IF SCREEN TIME IS A HAZARD UNTIL FACEBOOK COMES CLEAN
AK Przybylski & P Etchells
Facebook's research app shows big tech can't be trusted to conduct research on its users. To get real answers about how tech impacts us, social media firms need to give their data to external scientists
A Orben & AK Przybylski
Behavioural scientists have long assumed data analysis to be automatically objective: that they could open a dataset, ‘have a look at the data’ and report the results they find. Our paper shows that doing this, especially when using powerful large-scale datasets, will produce many significant results that demarcate non-existent effects (‘false positives’), misleading the scientific literature and social policy in the process.
THREE PROBLEMS WITH THE DEBATE AROUND SCREEN TIME
A Orben P Etchells & AK Przybylski
The cycle of moral panic around screen time and technology use feels endless. Here are three issues we need to address before we can move the debate on