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TOPIC: A Nation of Kids With Gadgets and ADHD

A Nation of Kids With Gadgets and ADHD 02 Jul 2013 13:11 #225

A Nation of Kids With Gadgets and ADHD
Posted June 17, 2013 by Margaret Rock

Go to any family restaurant and you'll be surrounded by kids, ranging from toddlers to teens. Some are antsy, others are well-behaved, but a good number play on their phones and iPads.

Oh, and one-in-ten have ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

It's an epidemic. In the U.S., six million children have been diagnosed with ADHD, making it the most common childhood behavioral condition. In fact, over the past decade, the number of kids diagnosed with the disorder surged by over 50 percent. And in the last six years, that rate has jumped about 15 percent alone, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The rise in ADHD has coincided with the rise of mobile devices. According to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, children on average spend nearly seven and a half hours each day staring at screens. That's up 20 percent from just five years ago. Is there a relationship between the two? Perhaps. It's not so clear-cut.


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