Social Media and ADHD


Some different reports have been presented in the news considering testing that has been done on possible connections between ADHD and social media use. Several news articles have reported on this JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) published report.

In this report, indications have been found to connect teens who are constantly glued to their digital media devices and higher rates of ADHD. They state that the more time these kids spend on their devices the more their attention falls.

Studies are Beginning to Show Risks

ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) includes the loss of attention very quickly after beginning a task, and easily losing focus or attention during regular tasks like conversation, reading or lectures. A study was recently completed by the National Institute of Mental Health on the effect of frequent digital media use and checking of social media on ADHD diagnoses. The study included over 2,500 students aged 15-16 from 10 Los Angeles high schools between 2014 and 2016.

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