There has been more research than ever being released lately about the amount of time children are spending in front of screens. Read more
The fact is we all stare at screens more than we would like and many of us rely on these tools to communicate with others, even during times when we should be spending quality time with our families and friends. Read more
While there are more ways than ever to communicate, some are concerned about the break-neck speed our language is evolving, but some scientists are using technology to help us communicate better.
How to limit children’s use of digital devices is a hot topic for many parents. Read more
Children’s social skills may be declining as they have less time for face-to-face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study. Read more
A small study from the University of California Los Angeles psychology department concludes absorption in digital media could be a roadblock in children’s development of the ability to read emotions. Read more
A psychological study conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles found that children may face declining social skills due to their increased use of digital media. Read more
A field experiment examined whether increasing opportunities for face-to-face interaction while eliminating the use of screen-based media and communication tools improved nonverbal emotion–cue recognition in preteens. Read more
Pew Research Center found that half of American teenagers — defined in the study as ages 12 through 17 — send 50 or more text messages a day and that one third send more than 100 a day. Read more
Our mission is to study children, teens, and adults’ interaction with the newer forms of interactive digital media and to see how these interactions both affect and reflect offline lives, ecological conditions, and long-term development.
Patricia M. Greenfield
Distinguished Professor of Psychology, UCLA
Yalda T. Uhls, Ph.D.
Associate Director, CDMC@LA
Assistant adjunct prof. at UCLA