A new study published in Science Alert has revealed that young people’s screen time is increasing at an alarming rate and it is negatively affecting their cognitive abilities. The study, which conducted a meta-analysis of 34 previous studies, found that those with disordered screen use consistently showed lower cognitive performance, particularly in attention and executive functioning.
The concerning aspect is that the nature of screen activity didn’t influence the outcomes and the trend was observed across diverse age groups. Social media algorithms, designed to capture attention and divert focus outward, are addictive in nature and can severely impact the ability to concentrate. Weakened attention can cause struggles in less stimulating environments, such as a static workplace or classroom, leading individuals to turn to screens as a distraction.
The increasing trend to adapt technology into studies is adding to the problem, as devices are often found to be distracting in a learning environment. The study highlights the need for individuals and parents to be aware of the dangers of excessive screen time and take steps to limit it. It also emphasizes the importance of developing healthy habits around technology use from a young age in order to promote long-term mental well-being.