Research results recently reviewed in The Sun, looked at the effects of screen time and how it related specifically to an increase of ADHD in children. It seems as technology usage increases, so do associated negative effects. The published research confirms this view.
The study reports that children who spend more than two hours a day in front of a screen are almost eight times more likely to be severely hyperactive. This study interviewed over 2,400 parents regarding their five-year-old's behavior as it related to the use of mobile phones, TVs, computers, and tablets. It was found that children spent an average of 1 hour and 24 minutes on screen time daily. 13.7% of these children exceeded two hours of screen time per day. The study found that the children who had more than 2 hours of screen time were 7.7 times more likely to have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Dr. Piush Mandhane, from the University of Alberta, study leader added; “We found that children with more than two hours of screen time per day had significantly more behavior problems at five years of age. Interestingly, the more time children spent doing organized sports, the less likely they were to exhibit behavioral problems. Taken together, our results support an active beginning for children with screen time replaced by more organized sports.”
Critics warn that it is still not possible to tell if the screen time caused ADHD, or if children with ADHD are more likely to hyperfocus on technology.
All screen time is not created equal. It is important to review the apps and videos your children are watching in order to better decide what is appropriate.
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