Technology's Impact on Childhood, a Comparison of Past and Present

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Technology’s Impact on Childhood, a Comparison of the Past & the Present

The advances of technology in the past fifty years have endangered the future of active childhoods. While these advances have shown as a great benefit to the worlds of business, education and medicine, the impact on family life and communication has put the health and development of our children at risk. Reduced nutritional guidance, outdoor activity and organized family time has been the result of electronic “make-your-life-easier” gadgets while the time “saved” is now spent consuming additional hours of television or internet browsing.
The classic 1963 family module contains a father, a mother, and one or more children (most often at least two). The father, the
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The game goes into overtime so everyone gets a late night, not shutting off the TV until almost 10:30pm.
The mother, employed, rises at dawn to hit the gym early since she knows she’ll have a late night at work that evening. She spends the day updating agendas for meetings and making business calls through her lunch hour, while she dines on a Lipton cup-of-soup. After texting her kids to instruct them to order a pizza at 6pm for her to pick up on her way home, she also remembers that they probably have some homework to attend to, so she texts them to use Google if they have any difficulty getting their assignments completed. She returns home with the pizza just in time for the televised hockey game to begin, and enjoys the remainder of the evening with her family watching the game. She’s a bit annoyed they started watching the game immediately, but only because the commercials cannot be cut out as they could have if they taped the game on the PVR. Making lemons from lemonade, she catches up on all of her emailing with business associates who she meant to contact earlier that day, and looks forward to their replies in the morning. Her online calendar has conveniently allowed one of her clients to see she has a cancellation tomorrow at 8am, so they quickly email her to fill the spot. She accepts.
The children

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