Negatives And Effect Of Media And Media

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Technology and the Internet are so pervasive, so enmeshed in our everyday lives, that it’s virtually impossible to disconnect. The latest additions to the Oxford English Dictionary include “binge-watch,” “clickbait,” “live-tweet” and “ICYMI” (“In case you missed it”). Schools are rushing to put laptops or tablets in the hands of every student. Recently, two 12-year-old girls attempted to murder their friend to please an Internet horror creature they believed was real. And thanks to Fisher-Price and CTA Digital, babies and toddlers can’t even sit in bouncy chairs or learn how to use the potty without staring at a tablet.
Today, children and teenagers spend more than seven and a half hours a day using smartphones, computers, televisions and other electronic screens. And because they’re so skilled at multitasking, all that texting, TV watching and Internet surfing adds up to nearly 11 hours of media consumption packed into those seven and a half hours.
And at what cost? How will all of this screen time affect their ability to socialize, talk to each other and relate in the world?
A new study found that tweens who spent five days at an outdoor camp, unplugged and media-free, were better able to understand emotions than their peers, who stayed home and continued their usual media diet. Researchers determined that face-to-face interaction, coupled with time away from technology, was the difference for the girls and boys at camp; while they showed significant improvements in
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