Signs and symptoms of Digital Dementia include:
- Slouched Posture (Forward head posture, rounded shoulders, C-shaped spinal curvature)
- Developmental delays
- Short term memory loss or forgetfulness
- Inability to remember number patterns or directions
- Social seclusion
- Lack of motivation
- Anger for no apparent reason
- Balance disorders
- Uncoordinated movement patterns
- When children spend an excessive amount of time on their devices with poor posture a sensory disassociation occurs where the back of the brain is over active, but the frontal aspect of the brain is under active.
- The occipital lobe in the back of the brain processes visual signals such as visual cues from video games, social media, or TV programs. While seated and engaged with technology, the front part of the brain including the frontal and parietal lobes are under-stimulated. These regions of the brain are responsible for higher order thinking and good behaviors such as motivation, goal setting, reading, writing, memory, and socially appropriate behaviors. These areas of the brain are also responsible for movement and body position sense.
- Take posture breaks each hour
- Limit technology use to a maximum of 2 hours per day
- Sit on an exercise ball or Posture Cushion during the day
- Get outside and play
If you feel that your child is suffering from Digital Dementia, or you would like to know more about Digital Dementia, feel free to contact Stanly Wellness Center at 980-355-7600. We can schedule a FREE consultation for you and your child to determine if they are suffering from Digital Dementia. You may also request our FREE Digital Dementia questionnaire to see if you or your child may be exhibiting symptoms of Digital Dementia.