Catherine Steiner-Adair: "The Big Disconnect"

Catherine Steiner-Adair: "The Big Disconnect"

Studies show that kids ages 8 to 18 are spending more time on their electronic devices than on any other activity. In a new book, Harvard psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair says technology and media are putting children at risk at every stage of development.

New technology has radically changed the way we communicate with each other. Young people especially are relying on texting and social media for advice and friendship. A recent study found that children between the ages 8 and 18 are spending more than seven hours with electronic devices every day. Parents working from home are also spending more time on smartphones and tablets. In a new book, clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair argues that widespread use of electronic devices exposes kids to unhealthy values and puts children at risk at every developmental stage. She says technology has negative effects on empathy, attention and family relationships. Diane and her guest discuss the effects of technology on children and their families and what parents can do about it.


Catherine Steiner-Adair

clinical psychologist and instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Read An Excerpt

Excerpted from "The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age" by Catherine Steiner-Adair. Copyright © 2013 Catherine Steiner-Adair. Reprinted with permission of Harper. All rights reserved.

Please familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct and Terms of Use before posting your comments.

Our address has changed!

The Diane Rehm Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.