The Effects of Technology on Kids
There are many positive effects of the technological boom happening in our society today, such as a device like the cellular phone now has applications including Internet access and video gaming. Another example of great technology is the high definition televisions and video game systems that allow viewers to see details and intricate designs crystal clear. Also the high demand of cellular phone productivity has increased the security and communication of cell phone users everywhere across the globe. Though the effects aforementioned are incredible, a child does not view these technological advances the same way as an adult may. Therefore, the effects of technology on children tend to be more negative mainly because of excessive use.
Television has become a necessity in every household and can be found in almost every room of the house. A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that seven in ten children in the District of Columbia have a television set in their room, and time spent watching television has increased by an hour and a half within the last five years (Lamontagne, Paloski, and Singh, 2010). Television viewing has increased because programs are designed to immediately grab anyone’s attention. If the program fails to do so, the viewer just simply changes the channel. As for a child, the child can subconsciously relate the same concept of changing the channel and quickly tuning out what is not immediately attention grabbing to everyday routines like conversations. Though television causes short attention spans, there are programs that may help a young child learn quicker like the show Sesame Street. That does not mean a child should watch countless hours of television; a limit should be in place for the amount of time a child is allowed to watch.
The programs watched by a child also...