How Electronic Media--From Baby Videos to Educational Software--Affects Your Young Child by Lisa Guernsey

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The accessibility of modern technology in the lives of the public advocates the immoderate consumption of screen time. Within the past century, America’s development of futuristic technologies has surpassed expectations. The tools available today are often looked upon as a major improvement to society but often enough, the drawbacks are not recognized. As Americans are submerged in the influx of technological devices, the ability to restrain from them is mitigated. People prominently enjoy using electronics, specifically television and computers, due to the proximity they hold in their lives. When an object is constantly surrounding someone, he or she often becomes attached to it, finding comfort in its presence. Likewise, when a television is often present in one’s life, he or she becomes accustomed to the satisfaction it provides. In Screen Time: How Electronic Media--From Baby Videos to Educational Software--Affects Your Young Child, Lisa Guernsey focuses on the impact modern technology has on children, the most vulnerable and naive to the negative effects of screen time. According to a research study, thirty-nine percent of families with babies, infants, and preschoolers up to four years of age had the television on most or all of the time, even when no one was watching. This is equivalent to two families out of five exhibiting the behavior (Guernsey 76). Not only does this teach the child that having the television on is acceptable, it authorizes him or her to watch it.…