Technology and Health Essay

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I would like to talk about How technology AFFECTs CHILDREN and PEOPLE’S LIves The amount of time children spend using media technology, including computers, mobile phones, video games and MP3 players among others, is setting off alarms. Children and teens between 8 and 18 spend an average of seven and 38 minutes daily playing video games, going online and watching TV, and most have no household rules governing how much time they’re allowed to spend doing these things, according to the 2010 study “Generation M2, Media in the Lives of 8 to 18 Year Olds”. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under 2 years old not watch any TV and that those older than 2 watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programming. The first 2 years of life are considered a critical time for brain development. TV and other electronic media can get in the way of exploring, playing, and interacting with parents and others, which encourages learning and healthy physical and social development. The amount of technology in our lives is only increasing- and that means we need to work even harder at helping our kids find a balance between screen life and real life. We need to set guidelines and lead by example to help our kids understand the role of technology in a balanced life. Let’s take a look at the top 4 ways that overuse of technology has influenced children in a negative manner: 1. ELEVATED ANGER These days, children indulge themselves in internet, games or texting. These activities have affected their psyche negatively, consequently leading to increased frustration. Now they get frustrated whenever they are asked to do anything while playing games or using internet. For instance, when their parents ask them to take the rubbish out, they get furious instantly. 2. DETERIORATED PATIENCE Patience is a very precious virtue and its shortage could
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