USA - Kid’s Brain Change Based on Daily Screen Time

Arno Froese

Brain scans of adolescents who are heavy users of smartphones, tablets and video games look different from those of less active screen users, preliminary results from an ongoing study funded by the National Institutes of Health show, according to a report on Sunday by “60 Minutes.”

In the first round of testing, the scans of children who reported daily screen usage of more than seven hours showed premature thinning of the brain cortex, the outermost layer that processes information from the physical world.

Early results from the $300 million study, called Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD), have determined that children who spend more than two hours of daily screen time score lower on thinking and language tests. A major data release is scheduled for early 2019.

Teenagers now spend an average of 4 1/2 hours a day on their mobile phones, “60 Minutes” reported.

-www.bloombergquint.com, 10 December 2018

Arno's commentary

Before the 1900s, humanity was depending on the written Word. The Bible notes some 3,500 years ago the word “write,” “And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book” (Exodus 17:14a).

Today, with smartphones and other devices, one can selectively hear and see things that are happening virtually around the world. For the new young generation, it is but natural to make use of such amazing technology. Have a question? Ask Google, Bing, Yahoo, and others and receive amazing results. What about entertainment? YouTube, for one, offers resources virtually without end. So, the question: how will it affect the new generation? According to the above article, no one really knows. One thing we do know is that man will continuously be more reliant on his own inventions, whatever the name of the product, and therefore less dependent on God the Creator.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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