26 Jul 2018

Are digital media binges giving teens ADHD symptoms?

From Nine To Noon, 9:40 am on 26 July 2018

As if there weren't enough reasons to get your children off their digital devices, US researchers have found a link between texting, video chatting and hanging around on social media sites and reporting symptoms of ADHD. This was an observational study of just over 2,500 teens - so it can't show cause and effect - and it used self-reported symptoms in a survey, which are insufficient to provide a clinical attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder diagnosis, the researchers point out. However it was the first longitudinal study of its kind to follow so many teens over a two-year period. The study's lead author is Adam Leventhal who is the Director of the University of Southern California Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory.