Many Teens Text All Night Long: Linked To ADHD

 

By Posted 3 Nov 2010, 09:58

Texting on your cell phone is something that most of us do every day, I would say that I send about 10 texts per day. My wife moans at me for sending that amount, so how would she feel if she had a couple of teens at hope? The reason I say this is due to new research that states that there are teens out there that stay up at least an extra few hours after going to bed sending texts to friends.

JFK Medical Center, in Edison, N.J. has some research that proves that this past time can lead to a number of medical conditions. Half of the teens tested in the research suffered from a number of conditions, such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), learning difficulties, depression and anxiety.

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It is hard not to worry, and you have to wonder what can be done about it? Christina M. Kelly from MSNBC picks up on a valid point from the research, when it states “teens consider the loss of a cell phone more dire than the loss of an internal organ.”

Although these teens say that they are not tired after spending hour’s texting, we all know how sleep deprivation can affect us? So what can be done about this problem? Have you had this issue with your children, what did you do?

  • Jon

    T-Mobile has parental controls that allow me to disable my two teen's phones from 11pm-6am. Have to be on their family plan though.

  • http://twitter.com/daNanner @daNanner

    I'm also on T-Mobile and have threatened my son with enforcing family allowances when he can't/won't practice self-control and turn the phone off during those hours. I think it's about time I reminded him …

  • Chaos Lily

    Is it not more logical to suggest that those teens that have ADHD, depression, anxiety etc are more likely to text all night because they can't sleep or need some connection with someone? If they all had Repetitive Strain Injury in their thumbs would that then mean that RSI = learning disabilities?

  • andy12345

    Oh dear, as someone said recently……..a lot of people in pubs seem to be alcoholic, or those who go to raves, are addicted to music and drugs, or those who burgle houses seem to occupy strangers' houses.
    Also, it seems that some soldiers in the army are associated with killing.

    Well, would you believe that all of these pastimes lead to the end result of alcoholism, music/drug addiction, house occupation and killing, or should we instead believe in the term "correlation does not prove causation"

    The reason why articles like this are silly, is that people like this have been around for ……..ever? long before the onset of any distracting technology.

    Novelty seeking personalities seem to like the gadgets etc.
    How many people don't enjoy videogames, OR do they have the novelty seeking personality which predisposes them to such?