Japanese studies show a “significant association” between boys’ screen time and autism

research According to what Yamanashi University conducted at Yamanashi University in Japan, it is “significant” that a 1-year-old boy will have a longer screening time and a 3-year-old boy will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Related “is shown. A research team led by Megumi Kushima encouraged a review of the health effects of screening time for babies and management of “excessive” screen time.

The study investigated 84,030 children born between January 2011 and March 2014, and investigated the screening time for children at age 1 and the diagnosis of ASD at age 3.

The prevalence of children diagnosed with ASD at age 3 is 392 per 100,000, or about 0.4%, and boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD than girls, with a significant association with girls. There wasn’t.

Increased screen time also correlates with an increased probability of being diagnosed with ASD: 1.38 for children with a screen time of less than 1 hour, 2.16 for children with a screen time of less than 2 hours, and children with a screen time of 4 hours or more. Was 3.02.

“In boys, longer screening times at age 1 were significantly associated with autism spectrum disorders at age 3,” the author writes.

“With the rapid increase in device use, we need to identify the health effects of screening time for babies and control excessive screen time.”

However, all findings so far only show a correlation, and it is causal that it can clearly show whether screen time in children diagnosed with ASD is really a factor. It’s just research.

Andrew Whitehouse, a professor of autism research at the Telethon Kids Institute in Australia, denied the findings were important.

“Not much [significant],” White House Said at sunrise on February 2nd..

“It’s really very important to put these kinds of findings in context. This association is not the same as the causality here.”

“It can actually be caused by many factors, and what the study does not show very clearly is the causal relationship between early screening time and subsequent diagnosis of autism.”

“The important thing here is that you have a one-year-old kid in front of the screen four hours a day, is that too much?”

“Yes, that’s definitely too much. But does it cause autism? Number.”

However, other studies support the findings of the University of Yamanashi, all seeking additional research and management of screen time for children.

research Led by Drexel University School of Medicine in the United States, conducted in 2020, analyzed 2152 children and watched television and video at 12 months of age was significantly associated with 4.2 ASD-like symptoms at 2 years of age. I found out that I was doing it. Percentage difference between children who do and children who do not.

Similarly, daily parent-child play compared to daily activity was significantly associated with a reduction in symptoms such as ASD, with a difference of 8.9% between the two cohorts. In both groups, the prevalence of ASD risk did not decrease with environmental changes.

A study Similar results from the University of Calgary in Canada in 2019 show similar results in relation to poor performance of developmental screening for children with higher levels of screening time than those who do not. I reported.

The results of this study come from reports of social side effects of COVID-19 that pandemic measures, including blockades, increased screen time for children receiving distance education at home. ..

Further research is needed to test the causal relationship between screening time and behavioral disorders in children, but the current recommendation is to manage screen time “to offset the potential consequences of overuse.” It is shown that there is.

Marina Chan


Marina Chan is a Melbourne-based Australian reporter with a focus on Australian news. Contact her at [email protected]