Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliott, Nathan


With the rise of technology there has been an increase in screen technologies that are prevalent in everyday life. Technology and screens are used in employment, education, and leisure settings. The average person in the United States spends many hours every day dedicated to screen time. Screen time can be defined as the aggregate duration of time spent in front of all screen technologies including: televisions, computers, laptops, video games, cellphones, and tablets. Increased screen time has been linked to various negative health outcomes. Some of those negative outcomes include effects on physical health, sleep, and psychological health and well-being. Much of the research examining the relationship between screen time and physical health, sleep, and psychological health and well-being shows a positive correlation between the negative health impacts and increased amounts of screen time. As a society we must find a way to have a healthy balance and utilize technology and screens but also promote and enjoy active alternatives.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis