How digital technology and TV can inhibit children socially

Removing smartphones and gadgets from children for just a few days immediately improves their social skills, a study has found.

Researchers discovered that depriving 11 and 12-year-olds for just five days of all digital media – including television – left them better able to read others’ emotions.

Prof Patricia Greenfield, the senior study author and professor of psychology at the University of California Los Angeles, said: “Many people are looking at the benefits of digital media in education, and not many are looking at the costs.