A new study says the amount of time spent on social networking sites like Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn doesn't affect how much sleep college students get each night....
I'm very skeptical of this study, though I should note that it wasn't done on American students.
The very next day, I read about another study -- this one done on U.S. soil by the Kaiser Family Foundation -- that states plainly how connected our kids are these days. ... A problem? Social media is here to stay. But that doesn't mean that parents can't take back the power and instill good habits in their kids when it comes to using social media responsibly. There have been plenty of other studies done to support the idea that all these digital distractions do, in fact, interfere with a good night's sleep.
So with all this in mind, I hope that parents increasingly consider establishing better ground rules at home. Think about setting "curfews" for electronic usage in the Power Down Hour before bedtime. This includes television, computer, cell phones, iPods, and portable players like DVDs. Your teenager might not like it, but his or her mind and body (and bed!) will.
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