Study Found Social Media Can Cause ADHD Symptoms

Surprised girl using smart phone

A study appears to show that the almost-constant use of social media can increase your risk for developing symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defines ADHD as a condition "marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development." Symptoms of ADHD, per NIMH, include difficulty staying on-task, fidgeting, tapping and other similar, constant, repetitive actions, as well as impulsive behaviors like interrupting people when they're speaking or making important decisions "without considering the long-term consequences."

Adam Leventhal, a psychologist and co-author of this new study, which has been published in the journal JAMA, told NPR that his team's research is "one of the first studies to look at modern digital media and ADHD risk."

He later added that spending a lot of time on social media "doesn't seem to be great for [people's] mental health."

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Source: Elite Daily; photo: Getty Images

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