Study: Too much multimedia bad for tweens

January 25, 2012 7:13:23 PM PST
Stanford researchers say too much time spent juggling multimedia tasks can be detrimental to girls during the "tween" years.

A survey of more than 3,400 girls ages 8 to 12 found those who spend countless hours bouncing between digital devices are more likely to struggle with developing critical social skills.

However, there is a powerful yet very simple solution. Researchers say more face-to-face communication can diminish the negative effects too much media has on young girls during the crucial developmental years.

The study's findings are published in the journal "Developmental Psychology."