Negative Effects Of Smartphones On Children

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The prevalence of smartphones have skyrocketed in recent years. It is estimated that 31 million children spend 3 hours and 45 minutes, on average, on smartphones daily according to Pediatric Nutritionist, Dr. Gittleman (qtd. in Tahnk). Not to mention, a third of that total consists of pre-teens. Although smartphones have been a massive technology advancement, the negative effects of smartphone use outweigh the positive effects when it comes to children. Many kids are only twelve years old when receiving their first phones, but it is not uncommon for kids as young as eight years old to own their own smartphone. Children are exposed to smartphones far before then, too. At two years of age, my own daughter, taught herself how to use an…show more content…
Children forget the importance of paying attention to their surroundings and focus on their phones instead. This is potentially a very dangerous habit. Plus, kids miss out on the world around them as a result. Lastly, distracting notifications are constantly pinging on children's smartphones. Notifying them of every group text message coming through to every “like” on Facebook. Although children may enjoy keeping in touch with their friends and the attention they are attracting, this is a constant distraction when it comes to chores around their home or even going to sleep at night; which is another concern all on it’s own. More importantly, the social effects smartphones have on children are drastic. Typically time spent using a smartphone is time in isolation from others. Kids are spending less time playing outside or engaging in sports directly with other kids and replacing those memorable experiences by staring blankly into a phone. Kids are spending less time hanging out with their friends at all which correlates with the rise of smartphones, as BBC News demonstrates (Lace-Evans). Smartphones are steadily reducing social interactions. They have eased communication between distant relationships, yet they are distancing relationships from the people who are near to them. Quality personal interactions are limiting day to day, although at the same time numerous online connections are able to be made. Children
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