Study: Childhood ADHD diagnosis may coincide with mobile device use

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says over six million children in the United States, aged 4 to 17, have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Before 1990, less than 5 percent of school-age kids were thought to have the condition, but data from the CDC revealed that, in the two decades since, those numbers more than doubled to 11 percent, making it the most common childhood behavioral disorder.

A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that on average children spend nearly seven and a half hours staring at mobile device screens each day. According to a New York Times report, that figure is up 20 percent from just five years ago leading experts to believe the surge of ADHD diagnosis coincides with the skyrocketing use of mobile devices.

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