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Connections: How do cell phone notifications affect children and teenagers?

Mar 8, 2019

A high school teacher asked her students to turn their phone volumes up and asked them to record the number of notifications they received during a single class period. There were hundreds.

That sparked a debate about everything from cell phones as distractions, to the concern that child psychologists have about technology’s external rewards, such as notifications and likes. Our guests:

  • Leah Stacy, assistant professor in professional practice in English and communication at Nazareth College
  • Regan Wagner, English and communications and media major at Nazareth College
  • Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health