Screen Time and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Symptoms Among Young Adults in Bangladesh: An Online Cross-Sectional Study During The COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Sukanta Chowdhury Associate Scientist, icddr,b
Keywords: ADHD, screening time, young adult, prevalence, Bangladesh


Objective. Mobile or computer device screening time contributes to developing attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This study assessed the role of screening time in developing ADHD
symptoms in adults according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale

Method. This research is an internet-based self-reported study on young adult people aged over 18 years
amid Covid-19 to collect information on ADHD symptoms and mobile/computer device screening time using
a web-based structured questionnaire.

Results. Among the 310 respondents, 124 (40%) had ADHD symptoms. Males with ADHD symptoms
(45%) were more than females (35%). Histories of using digital devices with screening time of more than 4
hours a day were seven times more likely to develop ADHD symptoms compared to the respondents who had
a history of using digital devices with screening time less than 3 hours (aOR 7.5, 95% CI: 3.62-24.92).

Conclusion. The occurrence of ADHD symptoms was not uncommon in young adults amid the COVID-19
pandemic. More awareness regarding the negative impact of longer screening time in progressing ADHD
among young adults needs to be improved to reduce the risk of developing ADHD.


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