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How Technology Affects the Attention Span of Children

[Source: Your Therapy Source]

As more and more children are exposed to increased amounts of screen time, it is important to take a close look at how technology affects the attention span of children. The latest research indicates that children spend hours per day interacting with screens. During the early years of childhood development, hours of screen time can take away time that could be devoted to free play, fine motor, gross motor and visual perceptual skill practice in the real world.

On average, preschoolers spend about 2 hours per day of screen time. A recent study in Canada examined the associations between screen-time and externalizing behavior (e.g. inattention and aggression) for 2,427 families. The results of the study indicated that over 95% of the children had access to screen time.

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