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Here's a Young Brain. Here's What Happens With Too Much Screen Time.

June 04, 2020

Digital overload was almost unavoidable with all the downtime during COVID-19 self-isolation. It's not a good thing for younger people. “Studies indicate that youth who spend the most time with screen media are most prone to depression, behavior problems, low self-esteem and poor physical fitness,” says Dr. Paul Weigle, associate medical director of ambulatory services at Natchaug Hospital, part of Hartford HealthCare’s Behavioral Health Network. > Want more health news? Text StartHere to 85209 to sign up for text alerts

Dr. Weigle, who is also chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Media Committee, takes on the topic of skyrocketing screen time and defines some of the pros and cons of our increasingly virtual world as part of the "Coping with COVID-19" podcast series.

In this episode Dr. Weigle helps us understand:

  • Gaming addiction or problematic play.
  • How screen time affects young brains.
  • The high-novelty seeking personality.
  • The virtual world appeal.
  • How and when to pull the plug.
Give your eyes a rest and listen to Hartford HealthCare’s latest podcast episode, "Screen Time Surge."
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