Effects Of Technology On Children And Young Adults

2080 WordsApr 21, 20169 Pages
Technology has revolutionized a lot about the way society functions. From jobs to entertainment, many aspects of life are not the same today as they were in the past. Whether this is for better or for worse is a controversial and complex discussion. The increased comfort and productivity brought by the rise in technology are also accompanied by some devastating impacts on how people live their lives. The negative effects of this wave of technology are reflected most dramatically on the younger generations. In recent times, there has been an observable increase in anorexia and bulimia among the youth. The upsurge of these conditions can be attributed to the way these generations interact with technology. More specifically, television can be recognized as a major contributor to eating disorders in teenagers and young adults. After identifying who is being affected by television use, what content they are being exposed to and how often, it is important to seek an immediate strategy to ameliorate this growing problem. Studies reveal that 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25 (Stewart). Coincidentally, this is the age group that is most featured in contemporary television shows due to the fact that a lot of the television industry is targeted toward the youth. A controlled study found that adolescents who watch more than an hour of television a day are at a higher susceptibility of developing an eating disorder than adolescents who
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