A study conducted by the United States Health Institute (NIH), warns that the excessive use of electronic devices in children thin their cerebral cortex.
The study revealed that the cerebral cortex of children who spend many hours in front of the screen of smart devices or video games, undergoes considerable modifications.
The cortex, the organ responsible for the processing of information sent by the brain through the five senses, is altered in children by the prolonged use of electronic devices.
The research was conducted in 21 research centers in the United States, on a population of 11,000 children between 9 and 10 years old.
Those who spend more than 7 hours in front of electronic screens, are those that most evidenced this consequence, according to the first results released by the study through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
The thinning of the crust itself corresponds to an aging process, but the scientists in charge of the study said that it was not clear that it was harmful.
Another important result thrown by the research, was that children who spend more than two hours per day in front of a screen were less successful in tests of reasoning and language, compared to children who are not exposed in this way.
Along with this, a scientist interviewed in the program emphasized that smartphones can create addiction, by stimulating the generation and release of dopamine (pleasure hormone).
The study continues, so it is to be expected that more results will be published during this year.