ORLANDO, Fla.  (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Watching tv, scrolling social media, playing video games, screens are everywhere! According to the American Heart Association, kids under 18 are on screens for more than seven hours a day. Previous research said too much screen time could be harmful to a child’s development, but a new study out of Sweden says, depending on the type of screen activity, it may actually be beneficial for your child’s IQ.

Tablets, phones, computers, TVs. The number of screens in the average American household is growing and so is the amount of time kids are spending on them. 

But what is all that screen time doing to their brains? Some research suggests that it’s negatively impacting their cognitive development. 

Anthony Chemero, PhD, Cognitive Science Researcher, University of Cincinnati, says, “This happens with every new cognitive adjacent technology is that we look at it and say, this is going to somehow disrupt our cognitive abilities, our smarts.”

But researchers in Sweden say screens may not be as bad for kids’ brains as previously thought. In a study where they followed five thousand kids for up to two years, they found those who played video games for more than one hour increased their IQ by about two and a half points. They also found no major negative or positive effects. From watching TV or using social media. That isn’t to say that there aren’t negative effects at all, but when it comes to people’s intelligence …  Chemero explains, “The arguments that they are making us dumber don’t hold up.”

The researchers only studied the effects of screens on kids’ intelligence. They did not study the effects on physical activity, sleep, wellbeing, or school performance. 

Contributors to this news report include: Milvionne Chery, Producer; Roque Correa, Editor.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/multimedia/infographics/getmoving.html

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220512121853.htm