Does Social Media Cause ADHD?
By Stonewater Recovery · 2 minute read
More than three million American preteens and teenagers have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Boys develop ADHD more than twice as often as girls. If your teen is affected by the disorder, an ADHD treatment program can help. Teens with ADHD are more likely to drink and take drugs, so treatment for ADHD usually requires substance treatment as well. At Stonewater, we provide specialized care for teen boys affected by ADHD and substance use. For more information, call us today at 662.373.2828. The rise of social media use in the 21st century poses an interesting question regarding ADHD. Namely, can social media use cause the disorder?
What Is Social Media?Social media is the term for any smartphone app or website that allows its users to:
- Create various kinds of content
- Share that content online with other people
- Communicate with creators and other users of a given app or website
Can Social Media Cause ADHD?Many recent studies have examined the connection between social media use and ADHD risks. One large-scale, federally funded research took a comprehensive look at more than 2,500 teenagers. These teens were aged 15 and 16. They engaged in activities such as:
- Visiting social media sites
- Talking back and forth online
- Downloading or streaming various kinds of media