Parents can police screen time – but good luck telling your children that

‘There are people unboxing things, talking about nothing.’ YouTube stars Alfie Deyes and Zoe Sugg. Photograph: Tussauds/Rex/Shutterstock


The author attempts to make sense of the differing attitudes society has towards screen time: Is screen time inherently evil? Does it condition us to become the benign consumers that best fuels the capitalist machine? Or should we conceive of screen time as something that falls outside the good-evil dichotomy society tends to impose upon most things, in order to make sense of them?

Even if the content one consumes on their screens might not add much value to their lives, are the other activities that one engages in during their free time – such as listening to radio talk-shows or communicating with friends – guaranteed to be more meaningful?

The author questions whether our aversion to screen time is due to an inherent scepticism towards technology, or if it is because of the (possibly flawed) assumption that we engage in more wholesome activities when our eyes are not glued to our screens.

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