High Social Media Use May Fuel ADHD in Teens
Heavy use of texting, video chatting, and social media may contribute to the onset of symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in youth, new research suggests. Among a large group of adolescents who did not have symptoms of ADHD at baseline, frequent use of digital media was found to be associated with the emergence of new ADHD symptoms.
@keka The investigators tracked 2587 adolescents (mean age, 15 years; 54% girls) in 10 high schools in Los Angeles County, California, during a period of 2 years. None of participants had ADHD symptoms at baseline, as determined on the basis of scores on the Current Symptoms Self-Report Form. Participants completed surveys at baseline and at 6, 12, and 24 months. At the start of the study, the students reported how often they used 14 popular digital media activities, such as checking social media, texting, playing digital games, video chatting, online browsing, or streaming videos, among others. On the basis of their responses, the researchers classified the participants into three categories: no use, medium use, and high use. The high-use category was defined as past-week use of all 14 different media activities multiple times a day.