Study: Kids Screen Time Is Linked To ADHD

You may want to rethink the amount of time you let your young kids use their tablets and phones.

It turns out, according to a study from the University of Alberta, that the more screen time a child has the more behavioral problems develop. That may explain all the “meltdown” videos parents post online.

Here’s the core of the research: Children who used a screen for more than 2 hours a day were 5.9 times more likely to have attention issues than those who used a screen for less than 30 minutes. They were also 7.7 times more likely to have full-blown attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The good news is, with exercise of a couple hours a week or more, the child’s issues will lessen. Getting involved in sports and activities has been shown to benefit kids over all well being and this study backs that up.

Children, on average, spend an hour and 24 minutes looking at screens per day, with just under 14-percent going past that mark. Screens include TV, cell phones, tablets, and other electronic devices.

The suggestion by experts is simple; to get kids active and moving as well as finding a healthy balance of screen time.


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