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Smartphones may make young people emotionally stunted

Smartphones may make young people emotionally stunted
Young people may be losing the ability to read emotions as digital devices such as smartphones, TVs and tablets are destroying their face-to-face social skills, a new study has found. 

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 University of California, Los Angeles study. 
Scientists found that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other digital screen did substantially better at reading human emotions than sixth-graders from the same school who continued to spend hours each day looking at their electronic devices. 

‘Decreased sensitivity to emotional cues - losing the ability to understand the emotions of other people -- is one of the costs. The displacement of in-person social interaction by screen interact tion seems to be reducing social skills,’ said Patricia Greenfield, a distinguished professor of psychology in the UCLA College and senior author of the study. The psychologists studied two sets of sixth-graders from a Southern California public school: 51 who lived together for five days, and 54 others from the same school.
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