Negative Effects of Technology on Children

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Negative Effects of Technology on Children
March 21, 2010
According to a New York Times article this January, the average kid, ages 8-18, spends over 7 ½ hours a day using technology gadgets equaling 2 ½ hours of music, almost 5 hours of tv and movies, three hours of internet and video games, and just 38 minutes of old fashioned reading according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, which adds up to 75 hours a week! These statistics are not just mere numbers; they are a reflection of the way our society is heading. There is a direct correlation of amount of hours spent with gadgets and obesity, poor grades, impatience, violence, and a loss of family interest.
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Neilson Company reported that by the time a child finishes elementary school they will have already witnessed 8,000 murders. In the USA an average of 20-25 violent acts are shown in children’s television programs each hour. A significant association was found between the amount of time spent watching television during adolescence, with its exposure to violence, and the likelihood of subsequent antisocial behavior, such as threatening aggression, assault or physical fights resulting in injury, and robbery. Young children are more easily impressionable. have a harder time distinguishing between fantasy and reality. cannot easily discern motives for violence learn by observing and imitating. Works Cited
"The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s -" The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. Web. 21 Mar. 2010.
"If Your Kids Are Awake, Theyre Probably Online -" The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. Web. 21 Mar. 2010.
"Kids and Electronics: New Study Shows Kids Spend More Than 7 Hours a Day With Electronics - ABC News." - Breaking News, Politics, Online News, World News, Feature Stories, Celebrity Interviews and More - ABC News. Web. 21 Mar. 2010.
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