Teens’ Screen Time Linked to ADHD Symptoms
Digital media is easily accessible on mobile phones and consists of everything from texting to video chatting and a plethora of social media sites. While a link has been found the study does not conclude digital media use causes ADHD, and further research is needed. But it is further reason to continue prioritizing outdoor play over digital play.
The research group consisted of over 2,000 high school students from Los Angeles County who did not have symptoms of ADHD. The study took place between September 2014 and December 2016, and this was the largest and longest study on the topic. As it was an observational study, researchers did not intervene or control all the natural differences that could explain the study findings. The results show that frequently ‘using multiple forms of digital media was associated with a higher likelihood of ADHD symptoms occurring over a 24-month period during adolescence’.
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