A study conducted in the United States shows that children between 9 and 10 years of age suffer changes in the brain with the help of electronic devices in surplus. Other studies have already shown that the effects of excessive recreation on health are negative, but this study shows that they may be worse than supposed.
Brain changes in children
The US Healthcare Research Institute (NIH) has shown that children who spend more than two hours a day on digital devices have lower scores in intelligence and language skills tests.
Currently, a teenager can spend up to six hours a day in front of a smartphone or computer so the consequences are worrying. This study on brain cognitive development in adolescents found that children could undergo premature thinning of the cerebral cortex or bark using unnecessary devices.
Cortex is the outermost layer of the brain that participates in sensory acceptance and is responsible for the higher order functions that make us human. This is the part responsible for processing the information sent to the brain through the five senses. In this connection, Gaia Dowling, research director, shows that skin thinning is often associated with aging.
Although it looks serious, the effect of these brain changes on children is not yet known. It seems we are in the middle of a natural experiment that is not controlled by the next generation of children, says the researcher. To test these results, more than 11,000 children between 9 and 10 years of age, including 2,100 twins and triplets, were analyzed.
Everyone will be monitored until they are adults in 21 US research centers. The American Pediatric Academy's recommendation to avoid these problems is that children under the age of two do not use any digital media.
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