Technology could be interfering with some kids’ abilities to read emotions, say University of California, Los Angeles scientists. Researchers discovered sixth graders who completely avoided using smartphones, television and other digital media for five days were significantly better at reading human emotions than their peers who continued using electronic devices. This decline in social skills is attributed to the fact that technology use reduces face-to-face interaction. The average kid spends eight to 11 hours per day using digital media. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting media use to two hours per day.