Fixated by Screens, but Seemingly Nothing Else

Due to the technological advancements, there is a huge increase in the number of children that are stuck in front of their television or computers for long periods. These occurrences are either a cause of an effect for the children who have A.D.H.D., the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Experts say that children with these spend more time playing video games and watching television than their peers. However, experts are still unsure whether these children’s behaviors are the cause of the attention hyperactivity disorder or an effect instead.

An associate professor of child psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine says that “it’s not sustained attention in the absence of rewards” and that “it’s sustained attention with frequent intermittent rewards.” This means that children with attention hyperactivity disorder may find playing video games and watching television more pleasurable than other children. This is because their dopamine reward circuitry may be otherwise deficient.

A study made in the journal Pediatrics viewed how there was an association between how much a person viewed television or played video games and their attention problems in both schoolchildren and college students. A pediatrician at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Dr. Dimitri Christakis, says that the stimulation that video games provide “is really about the pacing, how fast the scene changes per minute.” These means that if the children spends excessive amount of time staring at screens, those children will “find the realities of the world underwhelming, under stimulating.”

A professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, Elizabeth Lorch, says that there is a correlation in the children’s comprehension skills. The children’s ability to remember facts or occurrences from stories did not have much difference. However, children with attention hyperactivity disorders struggled when answering about why an event happened and why a character did something. Her co-author Richard Milich, also a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, says that “this inability to see causal relations may affect this social problem we’ve known for 30 years” and that “these kids have dramatic social problems” whom are “highly rejected by their peers.” These children’s struggles to fit in with the rest of the group will lead them to watch television and do computer games even more.


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I attend Korea International School and is currently a freshmen.

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