About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Can Internet Use Cause Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

by Vishnuprasad on March 30, 2015 at 11:24 PM
Font : A-A+

Can Internet Use Cause Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

It is a fact that the Internet presents a lot of distractions, but most people even can't imagine a day without Facebook or Twitter.

But in a lecture at SXSW last week, University of Chicago psychologist Michael Pietrus floated a provocative hypothesis: Maybe the Internet is giving us all the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).


"We are not saying that Internet technologies and social media are directly causing ADHD. But the Internet can impair functioning in a variety of ways that can mimic and in some cases exacerbate underlying attention problems," Pietrus cautions.

ADHD kids are impatient, restless, impulsive and easily bored. Adults with ADHD, unlike kids, usually aren't 'hyperactive' in the conventional sense. But they can be easily distracted and easily bored. They lose interest halfway through completing a task.

The Internet promises two things: instant gratification and an endless entertainment and information options. If you don't like one thing within the first five seconds, you can jump to something else. Hence, there is an exact relationship between the Internet and ADHD.

Pietrus says it is important to realise that pushing back against these symptoms requires a careful, intentional strategy.

Studies suggest that mindfulness and meditation could help people sustain their attention, even online; Pietrus also suggests techniques like expressive writing or "chunking," which helps short-term information stick in your mind.

"The biggest thing is to increase awareness and understanding of what social media and technology are doing to us. Once we acknowledge the potential effects on our brains, we can make better-informed choices about our actions and behavioural patterns," Pietrus said.

Source: Medindia


Recommended Reading

Latest Research News

Frozen Frontier: Humans Leave a Unique Microbial Mark on Mount Everest
Located at the South Col, the rocky area between Mount Everest and Lhotse serves as the final campsite for climbers as well as a frozen legacy of hardy microbes.
How Does Protein Synthesis in Diarrhea Causing Parasite Work?
The new finding is found to be valuable for screening specific medications and treatment against Giardia and other protozoan parasites.
Unlocking the Potential of CRISPR for Reversing Vision Loss
New CRISPR genome-editing strategy was found to have a positive impact in the treatment of inherited retinal diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa.
 New RT-qPCR Kit Detects Influenza, COVID-19
H3N2 Influenza: The newly developed RT-qPCR Kit to identify influenza, COVID-19 and respiratory virus has got approval from ICMR.
 Rheumatoid Arthritis: Does Taking Sex Hormones Help Women?
Does hormone replacement therapy help rheumatoid arthritis? Yes, the use of exogenous sex hormones is associated with remission in perimenopausal female patients.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Can Internet Use Cause Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests