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Teens' Late Night Media Use Comes at a Price

When children and teens stay up late to play video games, surf the Internet and send phone text messages, it can lead to learning problems, mood swings, anxiety and depression.

The research found that kids who used electronic devices after they had supposedly gone to sleep had a greater chance of sleep disorders that cause other difficulties.

According to U.S. News & World Report:

“The research found correlations between late-night electronic media use and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, mood swings, anxiety, depression and poor cognitive functioning (thinking skills) during the day.”

In related news, Newswise reports that the problem of children not getting enough sleep is widespread:

“In fact, approximately 70 percent of children under the age of 10 have difficulty falling asleep or have sleep problems that diminish their quality of sleep. This means that children are a large part of the 70 million Americans who suffer from sleep deprivation.”

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