Heavy Screen Time Appears to Impact Children Brains

Washington, Researchers have found “different

patterns” in brain scans among children who record heavy smart

device and video game use, according to initial data from a major

ongoing U.S. study.

The first wave of information from the $300 million National

Institute of Health (NIH) study is showing that those nine and 10-year-

old kids spending more than seven hours a day using such devices

show signs of premature thinning of the cortex, the brain’s outermost

layer that processes sensory information.

The NIH data reported on CBS also showed that kids who spend

more than two hours a day on screens score worse on language and

reasoning tests.

The study, which involves scanning the brains of 4,500 children

eventually aims to show whether screen time is addictive, but

researchers need several years to understand such long-term

outcomes.

Initial data from the study will begin to be released in early 2019.

The academy now recommends parents “avoid digital media

use except video chatting in children younger than 18 to 24 months,”

the Canadian CTV news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency