Frequent Use Of Tech Does Not Cause ADHD In Children

By August 19, 2018
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Today's technology can change the world and also it could be changing our children too. Children are often using technology for gaming and social media so does frequent use of tech make children more prone to the symptoms of (ADHD)?

According to the new study, students without ADHD, were surveyed on how much time they were spending on their device including social media and researchers had found the following symptoms in these children included:

  • Inattention, such as difficulty organizing and completing tasks
  • Hyperactivity-impulsivity, such as having trouble sitting still

Dr Michael Manos, Ph.D., Head of the ADHD Center for Evaluation & Treatment at Cleveland Clinic says “Does this mean that too much time gaming or commenting on Facebook can give kids ADHD? Absolutely not. But these activities may cause symptoms that are similar to ADHD, even though they can’t cause ADHD itself”

Dr Manos explains "ADHD is a genetic disposition characterized by a specific hyperactive and impulsive behaviour and physical changes in the brain itself. At the same time, frequent use of technology brings for latent symptoms or creates similar symptoms like ADHD. The problem is not the use of technology itself but it requires an inordinate burden on a person’s attention".

For example - Every time your computer chimes, your phone beeps, or you get an email, text or notification, your first inclination is to respond. If a child has a mobile in their pocket and they feel it buzzing when the phone is on, their first attention is to hold it under the desk and respond to it.

“This is an immediate draw on his attention, away from whatever he was learning. It creates a high level of stimulation with alerts and notifications and advertisements that can cause teens to have more difficulty focusing and staying on task,” Dr Manos says.

However, there are benefits when children use technology. For a child who finds it harder to study using paper and pencil, they can learn more easily on a computer. Technology also gives you an immediate solution for your queries and an efficient way to communicate.

Exposure to digital media should be limited to all because it causes the more profound effect on childhood development and brain functions.

Spending too much time on devices, means children are lacking the communication between face to face conversation, facial expression, voice and body language, which are the nuances of understanding relationships.

Dr Manos says it’s essential to set reasonable limits that work for their family. The American Academy of Pediatrics AAP recommends calls for no digital media usage for children up to 3 years or under and not more than one hour a day for older children.

Reference: 
"Can Too Much Tech Cause ADHD Symptoms In Your Child", Children's Health, Cleveland Clinic, 13 August 2018

Last modified on Sunday, 19 August 2018 13:43