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Topic 6 discussion 2What are some of the causes or consequences related to the trend you identified earlier this week? (Or, if you posted something about a policy or event, what do you see as the causes or consequences of those?) Who (or what) do you think is responsible for the problem, or who (or what) deserves credit for solving some part of the problem?During the week, review your classmates’ posts and discuss similarities and differences between your response and your peers’ responsesHi everyone,This week the trend which I have chosen to write about is an article on Medscape.com that was written by Megan Brooks on July 18, 2018 that explains how the high use of social media could be a huge factor behind the large numbers of teens being diagnosed with ADHD. In the article Megan notes a study done by PHD professor Dr. Adam Leventhal of the University of Southern California which raises concerns whether or not “high performance digital media technologies are putting a new generation of youth at risk for ADHD. Dr. Leventhal’s study followed 2758 teenagers within the LA area, the average age being 15. This study looks at what effects happened when the kids used 14 proved media activities. During the study they would check the kids for symptoms and give them a survey at 6, 12 and 24 months. One of the activitieswas checking social media, where 54% of the kids were within the daily high use range for this activity. They did find that ADHD symptoms showed in the kids that were in high use of digital media. 10.5% of the children showed symptoms when they engaged in all 14 high frequency activities, compared to the 4.6% of students that didn’t engage in any. The causes and consequences of this trend is using social media for a longer time than moderate. I believe these kids would not be diagnosed with ADHD if the use of social media would be less. The more children with ADHD in the research is the side I never thought of, but
now makes total sense to me, it also makes me realize how many other things social media can affect.