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Sci Tech    H4'ed 12/14/19

Smartphones, tablets causing mental health issues in kids as young as two

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2 year olds develop mental problems because of smartphones and tablets. 1 hour a day staring at a screen makes them anxious, depressed, less curious, less able to finish tasks, less stable, DailyMail reports.

Teenagers are at risk from the damaging devices; children under 10 and toddlers' developing brains are being affected. Research shows 'zombie' children spend nearly 5 hours every day gawping at electronic devices.

Researchers from San Diego and GA say time spent on smartphones is a serious but avoidable cause of mental health issues. "Half of mental health problems develop by adolescence," professors Jean Twenge and Keith Campbell said. "There is a need to identify factors linked to mental health issues that are [able to be changed] in this population." Twenge said her study backs the American Academy of Pediatrics' established screen time limit – 1 hour per day for children 2-5.

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