Effects of Screen Time

Screen Time is such a big topic these days as more and more kids and adults are using devices for work and play. We know its almost impossible to eliminate screens entirely but we hope this guide will shed some light on the effects of screens on the brain and encourage you to keep an eye on just how much time you or your littles are on those devices.

  1. Brains are still developing until people are in their 20’s.  Children cannot self-regulate well making them highly susceptible to become addicted to screens. 4
  1. Kids crave low-effort, high-reward activities, which makes them susceptible to becoming addicted to screened devices; tv’s, computers, phones, iPads, tablets, video games, toys with screens. 5
  1. Children who reported more than two hours a day of screen time got lower scores on thinking and language tests.6
  1. Studies have found that excessive screen time can harm children’s health, like increasing obesity and disrupting sleep. 6
  1. Screen addictions have been found to be associated with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, insomnia, and decreased supervision.

      6.Research has found that teens who use electronic media at night are more at risk for sleep disturbances and symptoms of depression. 1, 3, 6

      7.Signs of screen addiction can include: loss of interest in other hobbies, withdrawal from family and friends, unable to cut down on time spent on screens,            continues screen time in spite of impacting social life, tells lies, negatively impacting school performance, have to play to alleviate negative mood, worsened family relations.  1, 3, 6

      8.Children/Teens may miss out on invaluable social skills due to excessive engagement with virtual stimulation instead of face to face human contact. 1, 3, 6

  1. Engaging in too much screen time can cause brain deterioration and impaired cognitive development.  1, 3, 5
  1. Electronic screen syndrome refers to children who are impulsive, moody, and can’t pay attention due to excessive screen time. 6


Kids and Screens: Causes and Cures for Digital Addiction Handouts   

  1. https://screenstrong.com/are-video-games-making-our-kids-violent/
  2. https://screenstrong.com/kids-brains/
  3. https://screenstrong.com/are-screens-stealing-your-summer-fun/
  4. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-does-screen-time-affect-kids-brains
  5. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mental-wealth/201402/gray-matters-too-much-screen-time-damages-the-brain