‘I don’t spend that much time on my device.’ Yeah right, say ...

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‘I don’t spend that much time on my device.’ Yeah right, say researchers

A Stellenbosch University-led study looked at how people self-report time on social media and its effect on data

Senior science reporter

Ask your children how long they’ve spent on their digital devices in the past few days, then measure that against a log downloaded onto the device.

You’re likely to get a very different reading.

As it turns out, however, the same applies to adults: you might say you spent three hours on social media, when in fact you spent six — and in that moment you help create flaws in the science of things...

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