Shut Down the Screen

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I love my phone, but sometimes using my phone becomes a bad habit when it hinders my daily performance. Did you know the AHA (American Health Association) says that kids should spend a maximum of 2 hours on their screen a day? How can our phones, a source of entertainment and knowledge, be a bad thing?

Well, screen time can be addicting. Too much of a good thing can produce bad results. Screens train youth to expect instant gratification – everything you ever want to know is just a click away. As a result of indulging the brain with instant gratification, it shortens attention span in tech-savy youth and makes long tasks like reading harder to carry out.

Additionally, the feeling you get from winning a video game on your iPhone or Tablet is a result of a chemical called Dopamine being released in your brain (the same chemical released from smoking a cigarette). Dopamine is a highly addicitve chemical because it makes you feel good, and who doesn’t want to feel good?

But like drug addiction, screen addiction is serious and dangerous as well. The structure and function of your brain changes as a result of too much screen time, and this is really scary because most of these changes occur in your brain’s frontal lobe (the part of your brain responsible for our emotions and communication skills). Your frontal lobe grows from puberty through your mid-twenties, so it is important to look out for the health of your brain when it is still developing. Be conscious of the impacts of excessive screen time on your brain. Try to power off your phone now and then, and pick up a good book!

If you want more information about the effects of screen time on children’s brains, the

link below is a great resource!

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