Don’t text in the dark, teens!

1 Feb

From experience to meaning...

Dancing in the dark can be fun, but texting in the dark is another story. This new Rutgers study links nighttime instant messaging habits of American teenagers to sleep health and school performance. And the conclusion is pretty clear :texting at night affects teens’ sleep and – not without logic – probably their academic performance. Although the research approach actually rather describes a correlation.  The researchers also found that instant messaging in the dark makes a difference compared to having the lights on.

From the press release (HT Paul Kirschner):

The study, published in the Journal of Child Neurology, is the first of its kind to link nighttime instant messaging habits of American teenagers to sleep health and school performance.

“We need to be aware that teenagers are using electronic devices excessively and have a unique physiology,” says study author Xue Ming, professor of neuroscience and neurology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. “They tend…

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