The Impact Of Technology On The Physical, Learning, And Social Development Of Twenty First Century Children

1477 WordsApr 7, 20176 Pages
My little sister is around ten-years-old and has used technology daily throughout her childhood, with concentrated use beginning around age 5. This fixation with technology may lead to problems during her preoperational and concrete developmental stages. I often find myself telling her to go play outside or to play in her room, as an attempt to encourage physical activity, but I don’t really have any concrete explanation as to why my pleas seem to consistently fail. I currently assume that technology is more detrimental than beneficial, especially in younger kids when pertaining to their cognitive development. After researching, it has become more apparent that if there were negative side effects linked to technological overuse or…show more content…
Each of which are necessary sensory inputs required for development, and are lost upon children who no longer pursue activities that provide physical stimulation. Some of these include the normal development of posture, bilateral coordination, and self-regulation. The aforementioned lack of motion and stimulus can also lead to sensory issues involving their tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive systems, leading to an inability to develop and understand movement patterns. Technology is borderline preventative in relation to the physical aspects of development in children, due to a lack of motivation that could potentially stem from the overuse of technology. The average American child’s health is beginning to decline at a marginal pace, and it can be systemically linked to; lack of sleep, less physical activity, mental overstimulation, burnout, and several other developmental problems. Many children now have televisions in their room which can hypothetically lead to lack of sleep, decreased physical activity, and shortened attention spans. Another concerning physiological problem is linked to childhood obesity, which affects a wide range of children across the United State and other countries. According to the American Heart Association, childhood obesity rates have increased from 4% in 1974 to 18% in 2016. Obesity cannot solely be caused by overuse of technology, but it serves as a
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