Research shows excessive cell phone use can cause symptoms of ADHD

Excessive cell phone time can lead to distraction, lack of focus, fidgeting and compulsively checking social media.  

Suzanne Monaghan
September 21, 2018 - 8:30 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Teenagers and cell phones practically go hand in hand, but research shows device overuse can cause symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD.  

Excessive cell phone time can lead to distraction, lack of focus, fidgeting and compulsively checking social media.  

"All of these social media hits of news stories, personal comments, likes, give us little hits of dopamine, which in some ways is similar to what happens when people take drugs," said Daniel Lieberman, a psychology professor at George Washington University. 

Lieberman says the dopamine fix is addictive and directs users to want instant rewards.

"It's creating this imbalance, where the long-term circuits are getting weaker, the short-term, immediate gratification are being strengthened," he explained, "and they're developing symptoms that are the same as people who have this illness of ADHD."

One suggestion from experts, turn off the notifications on your child's phone. Those alerts prompt the user to check the device.