A study suggest that teens who spend lots of time surfing the web, playing games and talking with friends on smartphones and tablets may be more likely to develop ADHD symptoms than youth who don’t.
Researchers from California premeditated the digital media use of more than 2,500 high school students who did not have symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at the beginning of the study. The most common symptoms of ADHD include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
They checked in with the teenagers at regular intervals over two years, both about their digital media use and also looking for symptoms of ADHD. The researchers found that 4.6% of teens who didn’t report any high-frequency use of digital media had symptoms of ADHD at the end of the study — but that number jumped to 9.5% of those who reported seven high-frequency activities, and 10.5% for those who reported frequent activity in all 14. Overall, frequent digital media use appeared to increase the risk of having symptoms of ADHD by about 10%. The risk was higher for boys than girls, and for teens who had downheartedness or a previous history of getting into trouble.
ADHD can have real adverse effects on a teenager. ADHD can lead to poor school performance, which can have enduring consequences. It can make a teen more likely to do risky things and can lead to substance abuse and legal problems.
So, it is time to keep a count on your kid’s smartphone usage to avoid and avert any symptoms of ADHD.