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Family and Tech

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Technology is around people all day every day as if it were a necessity, and for some people it is. As a result of the use of technology in society, there is a dramatic decrease in physical activity, has impacted school success in children, and decreasing social interaction amongst people and their family members.
Physical activity in the workplace and at schools has decreased exponentially. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, “In 1950, 30 percent of Americans worked in high activity occupations; by 2000, that proportion had dropped to only 22 percent.”This shows that technology has made the lives of the average business person easier,therefore, less active. Even the commute for most workers changed. Driving to the workplace increased by twenty one percent from 1960 to 2000 instead of riding the bus or walking as most other people did. Another effect of technology being used in our everyday lives is obesity, especially in children. The Harvard School of Public Health also states, “About 40 percent of U.S. schoolchildren walked or rode their bikes to school in 1969; by 2001, only 13 percent did so.”This shows that not even schoolchildren are getting the exercise they need, because of the availability of other easier transportations. Not only is technology affecting physical activity, but it is also affecting student achievement in schools.
Allowing technology to be used in schools opens up a list of problems. expense is one aspect that could be a barrier for schools and families, a Mesa County parent Elizabeth Chiono said "I know kids that live in trailers who don't have any access to computers. They barely have. Food on the table," Chiono said. "If you don't have internet, that puts your kiddos behind." Lack of trai...

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... members.” I would like to point out that there are more things that can go wrong with teechnology that the things that it can help us with.

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that technology is around people all day every day as if it were a necessity, and for some people it is. it has impacted school success in children and decreased social interaction amongst people and family members.
  • Analyzes how technology has made the lives of the average business person easier, thus making them less active. the harvard school of public health states that technology is affecting physical activity and student achievement in schools.
  • Opines that integrating technology into the classroom has caused students, teachers, and parents to decrease their social interaction.
  • Explains that multitasking is a problem in today's society, as parents watch television, use the internet, and spend more time on the phone and emailing than their teen children.
  • Concludes that there are more things that can go wrong with teechnology than the things it can help us with.
  • Opines that parents are just as dependent on technology as teens and tweens, according to the barna group.
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