Edit: This question is specifically about screentime limits and cravings, there is no duplicate.
We have been limiting screentime for our son for several years now. I am questioning if this is the right way to
- keep screentime low and
- prevent screen addiction.
Specifically the second goal I'm not sure about: by limiting screen time, we are making it scarce which means there is a prolonged period where our child craves screentime but does not get it. There is always drama, a little when time is up and a lot if he thought for whatever reason it would last longer. I mean crying, throwing device around, slamming doors. In a context where no screen is expected, there is no problem at all.
When I was quitting smoking a long time ago I read that cutting down to just a few cigarettes a day was risky because it meant I would be thinking about smoking all the time, and would be so very happy with each individual cigarette that quitting would become harder. I'm worried that the screentime limit is doing this to our child.
There is a limit for phone. which was first used just for pokemon, now he also watches youtube gamers and youtube shorts. I know that youtube shorts are specifically designed to be a addicitive as possible, just like other doomscrolling-enticing social media.
There is an additional limit for the game-computer. He usually starts with his games first thing in the morning. In the evening he often watches cartoons, but this is not a problem, as we usually sit together and whatch 1 episode of something, maybe two on exceptions.
Unfortunately in school they spend most of the time on the computer, and since they have shoddy IT policy kids can access gaming sites while they should be doing math or spelling. So temptation is there too.
Is there any scientific evidence on the correlation between addiction and limitation of screentime?