Monday, March 13, 2023


from Journal of Adolescent Health

Extended screen time for children has previously been linked to lower physical fitness. But now there is evidence of another type of harm. Researchers at the University of California San Francisco document a greater chance of developing OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Specifically, children who spend excessive time playing video games report feeling the need to play more and more and being unable to stop, despite trying. The study suggests watching videos, too, can encourage compulsive viewing. Authors acknowledge that screen time can have important educational benefits, but too much of a good thing may be bad. They suggest families develop a media use plan that regulates screen use by pre-teens. The study is in the Journal of Adolescent Health.