'Robust' Increase in Tics During the Pandemic Explained?
Early results from a new study show a significant correlation between tic severity and social media use during the COVID pandemic in adolescents with a preexisting tic disorder. The findings should help answer questions surrounding a recent increase in tic disorders. A neurologic disorder that causes sudden repetitive involuntary muscle movements and sounds, Tourette Syndrome typically develops in childhood, worsens in adolescence, and improves or completely disappears in adulthood.
@amitesh Results showed 65% of respondents used social media at least four to five times per day for an average of 5.6 hours per day. Approximately 90% reported increased use of social media during COVID. Only 5% of participants reported using social media to provide information about tics. About half of respondents indicated social media adversely affected their tics, and 85% said their tic frequency worsened during COVID.