Study Associates Frequent Digital Media Use in Teens with ADHD Symptoms
Posted on by Dr. Francis Collins
The rise of smart phones, tablets, and other mobile technologies has put digital media, quite literally, at the fingertips of today’s youth. Most teens now have ready access to a smartphone, with about half spending the majority of their waking hours texting, checking social media sites, watching videos, or otherwise engaged online .
So, what does this increased access to digital media—along with the instant gratification that it provides—mean for teens’ health and wellbeing? In a two-year study of more than 2,500 high school students in Los Angeles, NIH-funded researchers found that those who consumed the most digital media were also the most likely to develop symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) .
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Tags: ABCD, ADHD, adolescence, Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, behavior, brain, brain development, cognition, compulsive behavior, development, digital media, digital technologies, epidemiology, Happiness & Health Study, high school students, social media, teenagers, teens, texting