Running Head: Cognitive Development & Technology
Relationship Between Youth Cognitive Development and Technology
University of Texas at San Antonio
Since the late 1920s the world has been overcome with a wave of different technology. The Digital Age has seen the most technological innovation in the past quarter of a century with the invention of the internet, GPS, and digital cameras. The Digital Age is having its effect on children as well. According to studies, each day for kids between 818 spend an average of 10 hours and 45 minutes exposed to media (Hatch 2010). 78% of children ranging from 1217 in America are owners of a cell phone. The research question that I have proposed is: how are children and their cognitive abilities being affected by modern technology. The following 4 research articles will shed light on the very topic
In a research article by Kristina E. Hatch (2011) there was one specific question the entire article revolved around: is high amounts of exposure to technology bad for children? The article investigates this question by highlighting the pros and cons of the high amount of technology today’s children now face. The pros that were listed were the following: updating the classroom, keeping up with the Joneses, widening social circles, and increasing visual reasoning. Believe it or not, children’s visual reasoning skills are being improved as a result of the amount of high definition videos and video games they are playing today. After analyzing a great amount of studies regarding the effect of technology on children UCLA’s Dr. Patricia concluded that
children in this age have higher visual reasoning skills (Hatch 2011). Some of the cons listed in this article are: changing social norms, health related issues, and the lessened ability to multitask. With the amount of time children spend on media increasing, the risk of children growing without fully...