Association of Habitual Checking Behaviors on Social Media With Functional Brain Development

JAMA Pediatrics

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About The Study: The results of this study of 169 sixth- and seventh-grade students suggest that social media checking behaviors in early adolescence may be associated with changes in the brain’s sensitivity to social rewards and punishments. Further research examining long-term associations between social media use, adolescent neural development, and psychological adjustment is needed to understand the effects of a ubiquitous influence on development for today’s adolescents. 

Authors: Eva H. Telzer, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the corresponding author.

 

(doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2022.4924)

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