Article By Markham Heid


In the article “There’s Worrying New Research About Kids’ Screen Time and Their Mental Health,” Markham Heid discusses recent research on the consequences of our screen-filled society. One study cited concluded that children and teens ages 2 to 17 who have over seven hours of daily screen time are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety than those who spend under an hour a day in front of screens.  Other results of extended screen time include being more easily distracted, more emotionally unstable, and having difficulty interacting with peers. Conversely, young people who spend time engaging in non-screen activities tend to be more happy than those who spend time on devices, especially smartphones.


Help your children reduce their screen time by encouraging them to engage in activities such as sports, time outdoors, reading, and face-to-face interaction with their peers!


Read the full Time Magazine article here:



Heid, Markham. “There’s Worrying New Research About Kids’ Screen Time and Their Mental Health.” Time Magazine, 2018,

Dr. Mary Stockton, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with women, children and adolescents to promote recovery from depression, anxiety, stress, and relationship problems. She  is certified in TEAM-CBT and focuses heavily on providing empirically supported treatment. Dr. Stockton graduated with honors from Kenyon College before completing her doctoral training at DePaul University and The University of Chicago. She and her partner are the parents of three teenagers/emerging adults.

Mary C. Stockton, Ph.D.