Are Smartphones Hurting Kids’ Social Skills?

Child Development / Technology/Social Media //

A recent study at UCLA indicates smart phones may be limiting face to face interactions and could be hindering social skill development for kids.

The study says smartphones could be a roadblock in children’s development of the ability to read emotions.

“You can’t learn nonverbal emotional cues from a screen in the way you can learn it from face-to-face communication,” says lead author Yalda Uhls.  “If you’re not practicing face-to-face communication, you could be losing important social skills.”

One thing we do know…smartphones are here to stay and they are being given to kids at younger and younger ages.

What do you think?  Are smartphones hurting kids’ social skills?

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About the Author

Dale Hudson is the Director of Children's Ministry at Christ Fellowship Church in South Florida. He has been in children's ministry for over 25 years. He was named one of the top 20 most influential people in children's ministry. He is the co-author of 5 books. He writes daily about his children's ministry journey at