Technology Addiction Essay

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Technology addiction is perceived as a major problem by the majority of American parents. In Bergman’s “Don’t Limit Your Teen’s Screen Time”, Bergman uses his personal experience as both a parent and as an avid technology user to justify his argument that screen time limits have negative effects on children. On the other hand, in Boyd’s “Blame Society, Not the Screen Time”, Boyd blames the American Education system, and parents for technology addiction in children, and proposes that children should have less pressure and more free time to spend with their friends. While Bergman utilizes his past and current experiences with technology to craft a clear argument against technology, Boyd creates a stronger argument by drawing on her years of…show more content…
While games like minecraft, and applications like photoshop may allow children to flourish, it is not the mindless, violent entertainment most parents worry about. By conveniently ignoring the concerns of his audience, Bergman creates a divide, tremendously hurting his argument. Bergman states that limiting screen time “only fuels covert binging,”(Bergman). To test his theory, Bergman “stopped restricting [his] children’s screen time in [his] house, and immediately saw results”(Bergman). This one time experiment doesn’t come close to the years of experience that Boyd reflects upon.
Unlike Bergman, Boyd uses strong claims, and a variety of evidence to support her argument. Boyd reasons that since children have limited freedom and are given busy schedules, they are unable to socialize with their peers. Boyd cites “much higher levels of concern about technology addiction in countries where there’s even greater pressure to succeed and fewer social opportunities”(Boyd). Countries that pressure their children to succeed by loading their schedule with work typically have high levels of technology addiction, and the inverse is true for countries that focus on student happiness. Boyd notes that “Finland and the Netherlands consistently outperform the U.S. in school, and they emphasize student happiness, assigning no homework”(Boyd). Not only does this approach increase test grades, it also correlates to parents being less “anxious about technology
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