Technology Has Destroyed Childhood
Technology has completely changed virtually every aspect of our society over the past few decades, from the way we work to the way we socialize and everything in between. One of the differences that have been most noticeable is the change in the way that children play and interact with each other from previous generations. Although technology does provide many positive benefits for learning, it also has several negative effects on child development and quality of life.
One of the biggest differences in the way that children live today is that they don’t get as much exercise as they used to. This is because technology such as computers, smartphones and television encourages them to be sedentary when they get home from school, as opposed to going outside and playing with other kids. Child obesity rates have risen drastically over the past several decades. Spending time outdoors has a huge number of positive effects on the body — it provides them with exposure to sunlight, which supplies their body with Vitamin D. This helps to fight infections and keep the skin healthy.
Research has shown that screens of devices such as tablets and smartphones emit harmful blue light that can cause headaches, eye strain and itchy eyes for children. Technology also has an impact on the way children think and feel. When kids are exposed to high levels of technology, they tend to think through things only casually and don’t develop the ability to think critically or be creative when learning new concepts.
Technology changes the way kids socialize and interact with others, which can have huge impact on their mental and emotional well-being.
It is not that all technology is bad, or that children should never use technology. Technology provides tons of positive opportunities for learning, entertaining and socializing but it should be monitored and used appropriately.