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Reply to: Underestimating digital media harm

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Fig. 1: SCA of the Millennium Cohort Study showing associations between prespecified well-being subscales and digital technology use for males and females.

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The data that support the findings of this reply are available from Monitoring the Future (MTF) and the UK data service (MCS), but restrictions apply to the availability of these data, which were used under license for the current study and are therefore not publicly available. However, data are available from the relevant third-party repository after agreement to their terms of usage. Information about data collection and questionnaires is available on the OSF at For brevity, we have not included all of the sample size measurements in this manuscript, but they are available in the data files on the OSF.

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A.O. and A.K.P. are authors of the original paper. A.O. and A.K.P. conceptualised and wrote the reply; A.O. conceptualised and ran the analyses.

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A.O. and A.K.P. have no competing financial interests; in the last five years, A.K.P. has served in an unpaid advisory capacity with the OECD, UNICEF, Facebook Inc., Google Inc. and the ParentZone. A.O. and A.K.P. have been called as expert witnesses for a variety of UK governmental bodies and departments including Parliamentary Select Committees.

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Extended Data Fig. 1 Comparing digital technology use correlation with well-being measures to listening to music with well-being measures in the MTF dataset.

Plots of the variables listening to music and mean digital technology use against the mean of all well-being measures in the survey. The small points are individual participants, while the lines are mean values.

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Orben, A., Przybylski, A.K. Reply to: Underestimating digital media harm. Nat Hum Behav 4, 349–351 (2020).

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