Negative Effects Of Screen Time

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As of the 20th and 21st centuries, the Internet, together with the many devices used for access to the Internet, have grown to be a major part of the American lifestyle. The Internet and screen time now have a major impact on the way that Americans perform daily tasks. Although these technological advancements have enhanced American society, this information age has also derailed certain aspects of society. Specifically, too much screen time adversely affects teenagers by creating mental health problems, physical health problems, and social difficulties. In 1970, Alvin Toffler wrote about technological revolution referring to agricultural advancements, the industrial revolution, the computer age, and finally the information age (Gazzaley, Rosen, 102). These advancements “have led us to a life of constantly morphing technologies, each of which fulfills a different niche or perhaps a perceived need. Most importantly they draw our attention and focus to deal with the ever-expanding explosion of…show more content…
“In 2010, researchers found that kids who logged more than two hours a day in front of a computer or TV screen had a higher chance of psychological difficulties on a standard questionnaire”.(Pandika) A study in Denmark found that “each additional hour/day spent watching television or screen viewing in adolescence was associated with…greater odds of prevalent depression in young adulthood.” (“The Impact of Media“) While another study in Canada revealed “screen time may represent a rest of a factor or marker of anxiety and depression adolescents.” (“The Impact of Media”). While there may be some people who are not convinced that Internet gaming disorder is a mental disorder, hundreds of studies show the connection between screen time and increases in depression, anxiety and aggression (Kardaras). There does not need to be an addiction for these psychological adverse effects to
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