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Heavy Screen Time Changes Children’s Brains

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Children aged 9 to 10 who use electronic devices for seven hours or more per day exhibit premature thinning of the brain cortex, the outer brain layer that processes information from the five physical senses
  • As little as two hours of screen time per day may impact cognition, resulting in lower scores on thinking and language tests
  • Infants under the age of 2 do not effectively learn language from videos; they need live interaction
  • Babies do not transfer what they learn from the iPad to the real world. For example, the ability to play with virtual Legos does not transfer over into the skill of manipulating real Lego blocks
  • Apps and social media are designed to be addictive, and young children are far more susceptible to addiction than adults

Most people today live in a sea of radiofrequencies emitted from wireless technologies of all kinds, from routers to smartphones, tablets, baby monitors, TVs, appliances, smart meters and many more.

According to many experts, chronic, heavy exposure could have severe repercussions for our health, especially that of children, who are now exposed even before birth. Research also suggests interaction with social media, games and apps online produces a number of effects, both physical and psychological.


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