Study Finds Link Between Heavy Use Of Digital Media And ADHD In Teens, But Questions Remain

Forbes - Tech 

Concerns continue rising about how much time we're spending on our smartphones and the effects digital immersion is having on both who we are and what we're becoming. A new study adds to the uneasiness, suggesting that heavy use of digital media via smartphones and other devices is significantly linked to more symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) among teens over time. Researchers monitored nearly 2,600 high school students, ages 15 and 16, over a two-year period and found that the heaviest users of digital media platforms were almost twice as likely to develop ADHD symptoms. The students reported how frequently they used 14 platforms, including social media, texting and streaming video, and the researchers used their responses to establish three categories of use: no use; medium use and high use. Assessments from the students about their levels of multiple ADHD symptoms were monitored every six months between 2014 and 2016 (from 10th grade to 12th grade).