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ADHD Brains on Screens: Decoding a Complicated Relationship

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the ADHD brain.The wins and likes of video games and social media deliver the potent hits of dopamine that ADHD brains crave, a biological need also satisfied — albeit momentarily — by an impulsive Amazon purchase or a hilarious TikTok video.

But the ADHD brain is never satisfied. Five hours of Fortnite today will not satiate; it will demand more tomorrow. Video game and social media dependence are dominant concerns today, according to a new survey of 885 ADDitude readers regarding technology use during the pandemic.Revealed in the January 2021 survey was a striking dichotomy: ADDitude readers praise technology for softening hard times, and they curse it for the toll it’s taken on their families members’ mental and physical health.

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