Limiting screen time enhances cognition

New research published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health  has highlighted a link between enhanced mental performance and less than 2 hours of daily screen time. The US study reported on observations of a group of 4,500 children between the ages of 8 and 11.

Alongside limited daily screen use, the children who met the physical exercise and sleep recommendations, also had improvements in their levels of cognition.

The research flagged up that only 1 in 20 children in the study group met the full recommended guidelines on sleep, exercise, and screen time.

On average, the children spent 3.6 hours each day on recreational screen time.

Separate research from the University of Michigan highlighted a perceived connection between electronic device use and sleep deprivation.

The study of 1,018 parents revealed that over 50% of those with sleep-deprived children blamed their child’s use of electronic devices and social media.