What Is Growing Up in the Digital Age Doing to Our Children?

Did you know that on average, our youth spend six and a half hours of their day looking at screens. Phones, computers, iPads, televisions, etc. Boys spend the equivalent of one and a half days a week playing video games and recent studies have shown time spent looking at our tech screens increases dopamine production in a way that produces addiction-mimicking behavior.

 Physician and award-winning filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw her children’s attention spans shortening and anger increasing when she tried to restrict their technology time. Which got her wondering: what is the impact of all of this time being spent staring at screens instead of interacting with the “real world”?

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In her new documentary, Screenagers (watch the trailer above), Ruston delves into the personal and intimate world of family life, even turning hte lens on her own family, to explore the struggles parents and children encounter over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. She interviews teens, parents, authors, psychologists and brain scientists, to get to the bottom of her question: how does tech time impacts kids’ development? But Screenagers goes farther than just asking the questions, the doc also offers solutions for adults so they can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

Starting this month, the film is being screened at schools and universities nationwide and internationally, in PTA and community groups, at conferences and for corporations. To book a screening visit screenagersmovie.com or email: ann@indieflix.com.


Director Bio: Delaney Ruston is a multi-award- winning filmmaker, Stanford trained physician and mother of two. Ruston’s has produced two PBS feature documentaries. Her first one is about her father, Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia. Her second film, Hidden Pictures, is about global mental health, and was screened by 141 organizations including the World Health Organization. Ruston has won several awards for her work launching mental health awareness campaigns using film at the cornerstone. In addition to filmmaking, Ruston has spent more than a decade providing primary medical care to the underserved.

About IndieFlix: Touted as the Netflix of independent film by Variety and founded by filmmakers, IndieFlix is a film distribution and membership based streaming service that has become one of the most meaningful global online platforms in the industry. IndieFlix gives film lovers access to over 8000 quality independent shorts, features, documentaries and webseries from 85 countries, 2500 film festivals and the top film schools in the world. https://indieflix.com/

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