The Negative Effects Of Technology On Children

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The twenty-first century is known by many different names: The Common Era, The Era of Technology, The Knowledge Era, etc. Regardless of the diversity in epithets, they all highlight a higher standard of intelligence and common sense that are possessed by the people living in this time. These people are raised to adapt to a technological and innovative lifestyle. Yet, all of the conveniences granted by the Internet and social media are gradually showing “symptoms” of negative effects. As technology becomes more advanced, people have high expectations for it. Many cartoons, such as Phineas and Ferb, emphasize the positive impact of technology in children by depicting two incredibly talented teenagers who would spend their summer building different…show more content…
However, instead of pushing our life forward, technology is luring us back to square one by confining the future generation into a compelling world of wonders by taking away the fundamental skills of communication, thought and perception, and empathy. Cris Rowan, a pediatric occupational therapist, anxiously comments, “Diagnoses of ADHD, autism, coordination disorder, developmental delays, unintelligible speech… are increasing at an alarming rate”, as she reveals an unceasing list of negative impacts of technology on developing children (Rowan). Children who grow up with television or computers eventually find themselves trapped inside those boxes. They refuse to exercise, eat and socialize in order to not miss any moments from their favorite shows. When they finally leave their seats, they find themselves unable to coordinate their bodies as they used to. These children find difficulty in interacting with others since they lose their social skills over time . The overall impact of technology seems to do more harm than…show more content…
Cell phones and Internet have linked people from across the world together through interactive platforms like Facebook, Skype, etc. However, overusing these sites can lead to the loss of one’s own voice. In her article “The Flight From Conversation,” Sherry Turkle, a professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT, depicts a situation where a teenager who is completely dependent on technology as his means of communication “says almost wistfully, ‘Someday, someday, but certainly not now, I’d like to learn how to have a conversation.’” Even though he is at the point where he is completely unable to hold a proper conversation, this teenager’s texting habits override his desire to learn how to hold a proper conversation. This scrutinizes whether technology is truly helping people in developing social skills. [Transition phrase/word] Having 100,000 friends on social media does not guarantee that one can actually talk “as friends” to those people face to
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