Tech And TV: Study Shows Excessive Screen Time, Explicit Content Changing The Teenage Brain

Tech And TV: Study Shows Excessive Screen Time, Explicit Content Changing The Teenage Brain


In one generation, the world has experienced seismic shifts in the way we communicate and relate to one another, but these changes are coming at a high cost – particularly to our children.

Most teenagers (97%) report being online every day, and nearly half (46%) say they are online “almost constantly,” but recent research from scientists at the University of North Carolina shows that all of this time on social media is linked to changes in the teen brain.

By looking at brain scans of middle schoolers between the ages of 12 and 15, neuroscientists at UNC found that frequent social media users at age 12 showed heightened sensitivity to social rewards from peers over time. Teenagers who were less engaged with social media at age 12

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