Gauging the Health Impact of Group Video Chat Apps

February 20, 2017

Smartphone apps that allow group interaction via video have been surging in popularity with U.S. teenagers. This adds fuel to the continuing debate over the amount of “screen time” today’s young people experience.

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Jan Odiaga, DNP, CPNP, assistant professor in the Rush University College of Nursing, weighed in on the possible health impact of group video chat apps. Odiaga studies how technology can influence activity levels in young people, recently co-authoring an article, “Technology Media and Sedentary Behavior in Pediatrics,” in the January 2017 issue of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

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