Screen time robs average toddler of hearing 1,000 words spoken by adult a day, study finds

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Research into 220 Australian families over two years concludes exposure to television, phone and other screens hinders young children’s language skills

The average toddler is missing out on hearing more than 1,000 words spoken by an adult each day due to screen time, setting back their language skills, a first-of-its kind study has found.

The research, published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Jama) Pediatrics, tracked 220 Australian families over two years to measure the relationship between family screen use and children’s language environment.

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