Can Too Much “Screen Time” Change Your Brain?

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Can Too Much “Screen Time” Change Your Brain?


Content Source:

National Institute on Drug Abuse
Type: Informational Material


Have you ever wondered if all that smartphone scrolling, snapping, and texting affects your brain? Scientists do, and they’re looking to find out if “screen time”—time spent looking at smartphones, computers, and television screens—changes the developing brain.

Content Standard(s):
Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 7
7.5.2) Analyze healthy alternatives over unhealthy alternatives when making decisions.

Examples: eating regular meals vs. skipping meals, choosing healthy snacks vs. junk food, getting proper exercise vs. too much screen time

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 7
7.7.1) State the importance of assuming responsibility for personal health behaviors and avoiding risky behaviors.

Examples: fast food vs. My Plate recommendations, screen time vs. active living

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 8
8.2.3) Analyze the influences of technology on personal and family health.

Examples: screen time, video game addictions, activity trackers, diabetes monitor, heart monitor, fitness assessment tools

Tags: brain function, inactivity, screen time
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