Smartphones are Killing Teenagers’ Memories

Dec 27, 2018 | Parents, Practical Advice and Research

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) conducted a study which highlighted the link between smart devices and attention spans, leading to a higher likelihood of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD).

The JAMA study found that frequent checking of social media, web browsing and other online activities will increase the likelihood of “meeting ADHD criteria” two years later, according to Jenny Radesky, MD, an assistant professor in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School.

“New research suggests that radiation from smartphones is negatively impacting teenagers’ memories, leaving them with short-term memory loss.”  

“The most relevant exposure source to the brain is the use of a mobile phone close to the head.