According to the latest research from the Alpha Generation Lab of the Department of Ethology at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), a hyperactive child will use a mobile phone more. In this sense, parents are more likely to engage their children with mobile devices if they are restless. Both hyperactive girls and boys need constant stimulation to maintain their level of alertness. They can do this with colorful, fast-paced stimuli, such as video games or movies.
“The relationship between digital devices and hyperactivity or attention deficit is, therefore, a two-way street, with bidirectional directions that influence each other,” according to the research. Likewise, it makes a comparison between the use of devices in shy children, who take refuge in video games or television, but these increase isolation. Previously, studies focused on older media, focusing on television, and the development of behavioral problems.
However, today 58% of children use modern devices, such as tablets and cell phones, at a younger age on a daily basis. Considering the above, the study asked parents of children between 4 and 6 years old to complete a form about the use of mobile phones or tablets and their children’s behavior. Three years later, the parents were asked to fill out the questionnaire again. Among the results, they highlighted that the level of hyperactivity and attention deficit in preschool predicted the amount of use of mobile devices in school. Veronika Konok, head of the research team, commented that the more restless and distracted a child is in preschool, the more devices they will use in early school.
As explained by Konok, this is because parents use mobile phones or tablets to distract or engage children. In addition, he assured that the children themselves will probably look for the content stimulating to satisfy your hyperactivity. But, the study did not predict the degree of hyperactivity and attention deficit during the early school years. Likewise, it concluded that the use of mobile phones in early childhood does not generate hyperactivity or attention deficit.
In this sense, it was recommended Do not allow unlimited use of mobile phones in preschool children. Another reason for the lack of correlation could be that apps for preschoolers are less challenging and more developmentally focused. For their part, cartoons or video games become very stimulating for the little ones. Additionally, the researchers found that school-age children with social problems use more mobile phones. However, there was no relationship between early device use and later social problems.
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