ADHD Symptoms in Teens Linked to Intensive Social Media Use
A new study, published in the medical journal JAMA, finds that the more teenagers involved in social media, the higher their risk is to develop the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These symptoms may include inattention, hyperactivity, restlessness or impulsivity that is more severe, frequent or debilitating compared to normal.
In the study, 2,587 students from 10 high schools across Los Angeles County, USA, were included. The participants’ age was from 15 to 16 years. Nobody of them had significant symptoms of ADHD at the beginning of the study. They participated in the study for over 2 years.
The analysis of the received data showed that averagely 9.5% of the participants who were engaged in seven high-frequency digital media activities reported symptoms of ADHD; 10.5% of those who reported engaging in all 14 high-frequency digital media activities reported ADHD symptoms.
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