17 February 2010
Frequent use of electronic media by adolescents does not increase their risk of headaches, research suggests (BMC Neurology, online first).
German researchers compared length of computer use, watching TV, listening to music and use of mobile phones and games in 1025 adolescents with rates of migraine and tension-type headaches over a 6-month period.
After adjusting for sociodemographic factors, no consistent association could be found, apart from a mild association with listening to music daily.
“With respect to the current debate on adverse health effects of electronic media use, we cannot point to… specific types of headaches which might predominantly be caused by the use of electronic media,” the authors concluded.
Last Reviewed: 17 February 2010