The Effects Of Excessive Time With Technology

1474 WordsFeb 17, 20156 Pages
As seen on CBS news, a man was so immersed in his cell phone that he missed a beautiful humpback whale surface right next to his boat. Not that missing a whale surface isn’t bad enough, however, spending too much time with technology and media causes more loss than we know. Overuse of technology and media socially isolates our generation, destroys their social skills, and allows them to be prone to health issues. Obsessive use of technology socially isolates us and destroys our social skills. The first effect of excessive time with technology and media is social isolation. As published in the New York Times article “Antisocial Networking”, the Pew Research Center found that half of American teenagers — defined in the study as ages 12 through 17 — send 50 or more text messages a day and that one third send more than 100 a day. Two thirds of the texters surveyed by the center’s Internet and American Life Project said they were more likely to use their cell phones to text friends than to call them. Fifty-four percent said they text their friends once a day, but only 33 percent said they talk to their friends face-to-face on a daily basis. This research is proof that children are more willing to text their friends rather than to talk with them, therefore they are less likely to meet their friends in person as often as they text. So although kids chat through their cell phones, they are still socially isolated when it comes to having real conversations. Next, overuse of
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