Addiction to Technology: Alienation among Children and Its Impact on Their Further Development as Individuals

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Addiction to Technology: Alienation among Children and Its Impact on Their Further Development as Individuals In a computer-driven society, technology is one of the main tools for shaping individuals’ personalities. Children are exposed to different kinds of technology and become literate to use it without big difficulties. They can handle almost any kind of gadgets. However, the question is whether this is good or bad for their further development as individuals. Unrestricted use of TV sets and computer games, game consoles and online networking games, along with Internet chat rooms, mobile phones and other kinds of technological devices can make children addicted to technology and socially alienated. The growth of informational technology gives them a lot of opportunities, but also makes them lazy and less responsible. Children spend much more time on computers than they spend on studying their books for school or socializing with friends. There were times when one could take strolls and see children playing all kinds of games, running and laughing. Nowadays, it is likely that children are home sitting in front of a TV or computer, watching or playing games. They do not mingle with friends, and this early alienation affects their social life later on. In this paper, we look at the following issues concerning the relation between the use of technology and social alienation: children becoming asocial, asocial behavior and mental disorder in children; the impact of violent games and TV shows; and the role of technology in shaping children’s decision-making in everyday life situations. At the outset, we need to define the term alienation. Some scholars speak of alienation as an estrangement from oneself, other individuals or work; others consider it as a dissociation of personal feelings, which results in reduced social and emotional effectiveness. Emil

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