Ocean County Library To Screen Documentary On The Impact Of Today’s Digital World

Five branches of the Ocean County Library will screen the documentary “Screenagers” in December. The documentary explores the vulnerable corners of family life, social media, video game and Internet addiction.

“Screenagers” reveals insights concerning the amount of time young people and adults spend on their respective devices. It also provides parents solutions on how young people can be empowered to best navigate the digital world.

The 68-minute documentary examines the impact of the time the average teen spends daily looking at screens not including homework. That total is a shocking 6.5 hours. The documentary also examines the way screen use is affecting concentration, development and family relationships. A discussion will follow the screening.

Bestselling author Dave Egger, who wrote the memoir “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Geniuss” described the film saying it “is a very balanced, sympathetic and sane look at the way millions of teens are struggling with phones and games and technology in general. Screenagers is deeply affecting, too.”

The documentary will be screened at these branches:

  • Brick Branch, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd. 732-477-4513; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 7 .
  • Toms River Branch, 101 Washington St. 732-349-6200; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 8.
  • Plumsted Branch, 119 Evergreen Rd. 609-758-7888; 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 12.
  • Little Egg Harbor Branch, 290 Mathistown Rd. 609-294-1197; 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 13.
  • Barnegat Branch, 112 Burr St. 609-698-3331; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 14.

This free program is funded through a community collaboration involving the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Ocean County Youth Services Commission, Ocean County Health Department, New Jersey  Superior Court Probation Juvenile Supervision, Municipal Alliance Project, NJ Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and the Ocean County Library.

This program is free but registration is required. To register call the branch or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org   For information about the film visit www.screenagersmovie.com.