Would a new tag: [screen-time] be useful?


  • The new "screen-time" tag may help in tagging and searching for questions about any screen time related issues that are applicable to more than one device type: TV, computer, tablet, smartphone, etc.

  • The "screen-time" tag can replace and make more generic many single-device, more narrow tags, for example, "smartphone", but only if in fact the Q&A thread is more generic and applicable to, for example, "smartphone" and "tablet".

  • A brief search shows that "screen time" is a common topic on this stack (337 results as of this writing): https://parenting.stackexchange.com/search?q=screen

  • The term "screen time" is becoming more popular with time. For example, see PubMed search, Results by year plot in the upper right corner (2008: 22 articles, 2018: 307 articles): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=%22screen+time%22

  • Yet, many threads either have one, narrow device tag (e.g., tagged with "computer", but actually applies to other screen types), or missing the device tag entirely:

tag "computer": Up to how many hours of screen time is OK for a teenager for educational purposes?

tag "cellphone": Should we introduce screen time to our 27 month old?

tag "media" (expected: "television"?): How to make my 18-month-old son eat without screen time?

tag for device/screen missing: 10 year old's screen time: Studies and/or Government recommendations?


  • We have many tags already (but many tags have relatively fewer tags than the "screen" search results above).

  • One can search for "screen time", "screen", etc, without the "screen-time" tag (but tags do have many other uses, such as for watching, organizing, etc).


Tags: Brand / product name or umbrella term?

Merge or close question on screen time?

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  • You will find that our Meta is very slow; don't be discouraged, it's a good question. – anongoodnurse Oct 23 '19 at 20:59
  • Thank you for the kind words and the warning! I will be happy to wait as long as necessary for the feedback from the community. And on a related topic, thank you for continuing to moderate Parenting.SE, which must be more difficult during the periods of reduced moderation. – Timur Shtatland Oct 23 '19 at 21:15

This seems reasonable to me. If there are more than 300 questions about screen time, having a tag for it makes sense.

I think you did a good job summarizing the pros and cons. It makes a strong case for it in my opinion.

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  • Having looked at other tag related Meta questions, it looks like what I wanted to say does qualify as an answer and not just a comment. Feel free to turn it back to a comment if that is more appropriate. – Ze'ev misses Monica Jun 2 at 17:59

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