Overuse Of Technology's Negative Effects On Children

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To begin, the continuous advancement in the technological world, specifically the addictive nature of mobile games, has negatively impacted children mentally. A child can become addicted when playing digital games that have no specific goal or motive -- one may call them ‘mindless’ games. For example, Flappy Bird is an app where the user must simply press their finger on their touch-screen device over and over in order to make a bird fly without getting hit. Unlike Sudoku or Trivia Crack which require the use of intellectual skills to play, Flappy Bird has no goal except for one to beat their own previous score. When children are exposed to this kind of entertainment, they may easily lose track of time -- mindlessly playing for hours upon hours. …show more content…
Nowadays, it appears that every kid was presented with a new iPhone for Christmas because their parents felt obligated to buy it for them. A survey conducted three years ago by Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia discovered, “72 percent of children 8 or younger used a mobile device in 2013, compared with 38 percent in 2011…” (Shekhtman). The amount of children using their own mobile device has almost doubled in only two years. Society is quickly becoming desensitized to the idea of children owning their own cell phones -- forgetting or ignoring the irresponsible attributes that kids naturally tend to possess. Without any thought, children will carelessly use their phones to prank-call local businesses, take inappropriate pictures, or even search explicit content on the internet. Naturally, children are curious, so they will inadvertently carry out these immature actions when given the opportunity. Wherefore, these immature actions can be prevented if their range of freedom was not so large. To avoid the destructive effects of inappropriate cell phone usage, parents must give their children time to mature before providing them with a mobile device. Likewise, another survey in Philadelphia explains how society’s technology addiction has gone too far: “Many [children] were given the device while parents did house chores (70 percent), to keep them calm (65 percent), and at bedtime (29 percent)” (Shekhtman). As one can see, kids’ lives are being bombarded and taken over by their mobile devices, not by their own choosing, but because they were handed these electronics by their parents. Evidently, parents are recklessly passing off their parental responsibilities to electronic devices, thus, opening up a door for their children to partake in immature behavior. All in all,

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