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Addictive behavior across all ages with electronic use

Good Morning CT Weekend

Electronics are very prevalent today in the lives of adults and children, but how much exposure should everyone really have and how much is too much?

Dr. Ryan Loss with Connecticut Behavioral Health, LLC. came to Good morning Connecticut to talk about the use of screen time.

Loss says The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that prior to 18 months of age, parents should avoid the use of screen media with their children. Between 18 and 24 months, exposure to screen media should focus on educational programming and between 2-5 years of age, screened media should be limited to one hour per day of educational programming.

Loss says for children six and older, setting a consistent time limit on use of screened media is recommended. Loss also says it is important parents demonstrate and are a positive model for responsible media/electronics use. Parents who are constantly on their cell phone, watching TV or playing video games are setting an example for their children and if parents work to enforce certain limits, this may backfire on them given the modeling that a child is seeing.

This can apply to both children, adolescents, and adults. When discussing electronic addiction, what you are often adding is that the use of electronics are having a significant impact on the individual’s daily functioning. The individual is often making adjustments in their life (often negatively impactful) to bring electronics in to their life. 

What can be done? Therapy can be used to assist with addressing addictive behavior. With children it is important to set clear limits and guidelines as early as possible so a consistent plan can be maintained.

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