Modern Society’s Excessive Use of Technology

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Computers, cell phones, ipads, ipods, television, everywhere Americans turn they are surrounded by modern technology. Individuals around the world can carry on a conversation with a person not even two feet away via text, Twitter, or blog post. Not that technology isn’t an amazing innovation, but isn’t the non-stop use, a bit excessive? In modern society, over-dependence on technology hinders natural relationships and skills necessary for a healthy lifestyle. It negatively impacts people’s physical health, mental development, and social interactions. In a time when every state in America has an obesity rate greater than 20%, one has to wonder why are people physically obese (Boyse 4-16)? Could it be the increasing fat content in fast food or lack of exercise that has existed since the 1950’s? Or could it be the endless hours spent on Facebook or kicked back enjoying Netflix? One thing is for certain, with entertainment only a click of a button away, why walk, run, or even get off the couch? Approximately, one third of adult Americans and seventeen percent of children are overweight, according to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of people becoming obese correlates with the number of hours spent in front of a T.V. In the study done by Michigan University in 2010, “on average children, ages 2-5, spend 32 hours a week watching television” (Boyse 2- 12). This media encourages unhealthy eating habits through fast food centered advertising and marketing techniques. The results also showed that children who watched more T.V had higher BMI’s (body mass index) , slower metabolic rates, and engage in unhealthier and fattening snacking (“Obesity and Overweight for Professionals”, Data and St... ... middle of paper ... ...Overweight for Professionals: Data and Statistics: U.S. Obesity Trends | DNPAO | CDC." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention., 21 July 2011. Web. 01 Sept. 2011. . Rosenbaum, Marcus D. "Technology Survey." NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts : NPR., Nov.-Dec. 1999. Web. 01 Sept. 2011. . Wolf, Jeff. "How Your Facebook Status Could Get You in Trouble at Work |" | Denver | Colorado's Online News Leader | Breaking News, Headlines, Weather, Sports, Business and More. 9NEWS. Web. 04 Sept. 2011. . Young, Kimberley. "Internet Addiction." The Internet Addiction Specialists. Web. 04 Sept. 2011. .
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