“Smartphones may actually change children’s brains.”

Smartphones cause negative long-term effects on children's brains

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Wed, May 8th, 2019 08:00 by capnasty NEWS

MarketWatch quotes Madonna's concerns about children owning a smartphone and quotes the reports of studies that indicate the negative effects they have on a child's development.

Chief among the effects: Smartphones may actually change children’s brains. The National Institutes of Health is in the midst of a $300 million study that’s following 11,000 children over 10 years. It already has some preliminary results: MRI scans from 4,500 participants show physical changes in the brains of those children that use smartphones for more than 7 hours per day.

Those changes include thinning of the brain’s cortex, which is associated with lower IQ. Children who spend just 2 hours a day on their smartphones also have lower language and thinking skills. Dimitri Christakis, one of the author’s of screen guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and a lead author for its Virtual Violence policy, told CBS, “We’re sort of in the midst of a natural kind of uncontrolled experiment.”

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