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Why Your Social Media Use Hurts Your Kids

Think twice before live-tweeting your Christmas Day family time.

"All I Want for Christmas is a New iPhone"

"We Wish You a Merry Retweet"

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Pinterest"

Indeed, these twists on classic holiday songs reflect the new reality of Christmas, at least if last month's Thanksgiving is any predictor. Until then, the one-day record for Instagram-related photos was the 800,000 pictures associated with Superstorm Sandy.

Multiply that by about 12 to calculate the number of Thanksgiving and/or turkey-related pictures that were shared a few weeks ago. On November 22, Instagram users posted 10 million photos, with a peak of 226 pictures per second.

That makes me cringe.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not a social media fuddy-duddy. I'm active on Twitter and Facebook. I will tweet this very article. I am a fan of picture posting. But I can't help wondering about the messages we as adults send to those nearby—especially our families—every time we send a text.

About 60 percent of Instagram users are under 34 years of age. Many (maybe even ...

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