Seminar Series

Using a Confirmatory Research Lens to Calibrate Our Expectations About Paediatric Sleep and the Digital Displacement Hypothesis

Separate literatures indicate both that children and adolescents are chronically sleep deprived and that the amount of time young people spend using digital devices have increased over time. Existing work suggests there is a link between these factors but the evidence is exploratory and somewhat inconsistent. Building an approach we have used to study psychological well-being, this talk will focus on the steps our group has taken to derive a reliable starting point for estimating the link between digital screen use and paediatric sleep duration and quality. Discussion will cover the theoretical, methodological, and policy dimension of large-scale social data in the coming age of robust psychological science.