Smartphone Addiction: Should Children Kick The Habit?

December 13, 2018 This is exactly what scientists in the US are trying to figure out. The National Institute of Health has embarked on an ambitious study costing a whopping US$300 million which will see them following 11,000 children for a decade, according to 60 Minutes. The study aims to understand how screen time impacts the physical structure of children’s brains, as well as their emotional development and mental health. The report notes that the first wave of data from the brain scans of 4,500 participants “found significant differences in the brains of some kids who use smartphones, tablets, and video games more than seven hours a day.” Additionally, preliminary results found that kids who spend over two hours a day on screens obtained lower scores on thinking and language tests. Not much convincing research has been found on brain differences, The New York Times reported, adding that “results have been mixed, and sometimes contradictory. read more…

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