Childhood ADHD diagnosis may coincide with mobile device use

Some experts believe the surge in childhood ADHD diagnosis may correlate with the over-use of mobile devices.

A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that on average children spend nearly seven and a half hours staring at mobile device screens each day. According to a
New York Times report, that figure is up 20 percent from just five years ago leading experts to believe the surge of ADHD diagnosis coincides with the skyrocketing use of
mobile devices.

To be clear, these findings are correlations, and not causal links. But to understand any relation between the two, we need to explore how our gadgets are affecting the developing minds of our children. When kids play games, they rack up points, move to higher levels and unlock characters and goodies, and their brains are rewarded by dopamine, a neurochemical that’s released every time they “win.” That sensation of pleasure is often the reason they love electronics, and some experts even believe they seek out gadgets because they have problems with their natural dopamine systems

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