The Effect of Technology on Children

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Almost every child between the ages of eight and twelve are getting cell phones. The average home in America has as many televisions as they do people. Only 20% of American homes do not have a computer. Technology is quickly becoming a new way of life. The amount of time people are on their devices is growing rapidly. According to The Huffington Post, people are on their devices for on average about eleven hours and fifty-two minutes a day. That is almost half a day and a lot longer than most people sleep or work. People have not realized yet how they or their families are being affected by this constant use of technology. As a result of technology increasing, children are experiencing health problems, school issues, and social problems. First and foremost, health problems due to the increase in technology usage is becoming a bigger issue than one might think. With technology becoming a bigger factor in everyday life, diseases and other health issues that used to be less prevalent are now becoming epidemics (Rowan). For example, obesity, which is a condition in which a person is very fat or overweight. Obesity is caused by not getting a proper diet and exercise. Technology is causing this to become an epidemic in children, because children need at least sixty minutes of physical exercise a day and when they are watching TV, on the computer, or playing video games, they are not physically active (Loop). Also, when children are less active and on electronics, they are more likely to eat food that is not healthy for them, such as high calorie junk foods (Martin). With obesity can come many other diseases or health problems. For example, people who are obese are more likely to develop heart problems, diabetes, or high bl... ... middle of paper ... ...hen, Steven. How TV Affects your Child. Kids Health. October 2011. Web. 17 February 2014. Lee Ava. Negative Effects of Parents Using Texting to Converse. Global Post. ND. Web. 24 February 2014. Loop, Erica. Exposing the Negative Effects of Technology on Kids. Global Post. ND. Web 19 February 2014. Martin, Alice. The 4 Negative Side Effects of Technology Edudemic. 30 May 2013. Web. 17 February 2014. Negative Effects of Technology on Children. Personal.Psu. 21 March 2010. Web. 19 February 2014 Norcia, Andrea. Parents & Teachers: The Impact of Video Games. Palo Alto Medical Foundation. August 2013. Web. 19 February 2014. Rowan Cris. The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child. Huffington Post. 29 May 2013. Web. 8 February 2014. Woollaston, Victoria. The Five Signs your Child is Addicted to their Ipad. Mail Online. 30- October 2013. Web 19 February 2014.

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