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Comment & Response
May 11, 2020

Science Has Not Proven That Screen Use Impacts Children's Brain Development

Author Affiliations
  • 1Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  • 2Ariel University, Ariel, Israel
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(8):805. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0635

To the Editor On January 16, 2020, a CNN article announced neurobiologic evidence pointing to “the potential benefits of reading and the potential detriments of screen time on a preschool child’s brain development.”1 This article relied on 2 scientific articles by Hutton et al, which were published within weeks of each other, one in JAMA Pediatrics2 (November 4, 2019) and one in Acta Paediatrica3 (December 18, 2019). However, the aforementioned statement regarding screen time and brain development may not be accurate.

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