How To Shut Down Your Screen Persuasive Essay

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According to CNN news the average American spends more than 10 hours a day using technology, 9 of which is on social media! This is a staggering 42% or more of our time spent in front of a screen tweeting, posting, and sharing; so what are the effects? While technology has its benefits making life “easier,” such as a way to quickly find information and the ability to easily communicate with people on the other side of the world, the drawbacks are more pressing. It is getting worse as we keep diving headfirst into our societies technological revolution. This is why we as a school should participate in “Shut Down Your Screen Week.” Critics oppose “Shut Down Your Screen” because in life today it is necessary to have technology, however by putting down our phones and other electronic devices we get a break from the harmful effects that the overuse of technology has on our brains. According to scientists, technology even rewires our brains according to Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, it even happens on a chemical level causing it to become addictive. People should shut down their…show more content…
Researchers say that the stimulation from the use of technology “provokes excitement” which causes dopamine levels to rise. Dopamine is a hormone in the brain that causes a feeling of wellness and happiness that can be addictive. These urges that we have interrupt family life and work, also they dullen creativity and deep thought. Research on what negative effects technology has on us was even done by Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse. The opposing side argues saying technology has “benefits,” but it’s the overuse and abuse of those benefits that also has a negative effect on our daily
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