Over the last several decades, technology has changed the way we live, work and interact. Technology has made our lives easier and moved the human race forward in so many positive ways from medical needs to safety and an increasingly global economy. But like everything in life, there are pros and cons.
One important area of concern is that this is the first generation ever that is growing up with technology. Children are increasingly learning how to use technology before they can even walk or talk. While it is great that our children will be tech-savvy from birth, 70% of parents surveyed are worried how too much screen time will impact their children. As of now, nearly 40% of young children spend at least three hours per day on digital devices. What will be the unintended consequences?
To examine the consequences of the trend, check out the How Too Much Screen Time Affects Kids (INFOGRAPHIC).
The infographic illustrates the risks of allowing children to spend too much time with technology and the steps parents can take to mitigate those risks.
Here are just a few examples:
Digital Addiction: Winning a video game releases dopamine similar to drug, gambling and sexual addictions.
Nearsightedness: Has increased from 25% to 41% in the last 30 years and too much screen time and not enough sunlight are key reasons.
Dry Eye Syndrome: Caused by blinking 60% less when using a digital device.
20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away.