Posted on 11/23/2015 at 07:58 AM by Liz Determan

In an article in Psychology Today (August 2015), Dr. Victoria L. Dunckley lists 6 ways that electronic screen time makes kids angry, depressed and unmotivated.

            1. It interrupts sleep and desynchronizes the body’s clock. High arousal caused by electronics doesn’t permit deep sleep.

            2. Screen time desensitizes the brains’ reward system. Many children get hooked on electronics and when reward pathways are overused, they become less sensitive.

            3. Screen time produces “light at night.” Exposure to screen based light before or during sleep is linked to depression.

            4. Screen time induces stress reactions. Chronic stress causes changes in brain chemistry, which may lead to irritability.

            5. Screen time overloads the sensory system, fractures attention and depletes mental reserves.

            6. Screen time reduces physical activity levels and exposure to “green time.” Outdoor time can restore attention, lower stress, and reduce aggression.

To read the whole article, go to psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-wealth/201508

REMEMBER:  Limit screen time for young children and encourage interactive, hands-on, and physical play.

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