The impact of modern technology on children
• The impact of modern technology on children
In our time, perhaps, in every house there is any electronic gadget. Now, these tools are not a luxury for many and there is even in small children. But have you considered the impact of these things on the weak psyche of the child?
The problem of development of society in the XXI century, is the availability of modern gadgets: smartphones, tablets, iPhones. Because of these expensive "toys" may be a virus digital dementia.
Scientists in 2007 showed that more and more children suffer from attention disorders, their deteriorating memory, vision, self-control, and they can suffer from depression. Studies have shown that in the brain of the representatives of the digital generation observed changes similar to those that occur after a traumatic brain injury or in the early stages of dementia - dementia, which usually occurs in old age.
The harsh truth of life says that seven years a child spends at the screen more than a year of his life, and eighteen - more than four years!
Do you want to say that now is very different children? Yes, other children, but the brain have the same that was in man thousands of years ago - 100 billion neurons, each of which is associated with ten thousand of his kind.
The brain needs to develop and feed. All of our thoughts, actions, solve complex problems and deep reflections leave a trace in our brain. "Nothing can replace what children get from their own free and independent thinking as they explore the physical world and are faced with something new," - says the British psychology professor Tanya Byron.
You will be shocked, but since 1970 the activity radius of children (space around the house where children are free to explore the world around us) decreased by 90%! The world has shrunk to a smartphone screen. Children forget and, worse, simply do not know what it is - to run in the rain, to let boats, climb trees, or just chat with each other. They sit for hours, buried in your smartphone. But they need to develop their muscles, aware of the risks, which are prepared for them the world, and just interact with their friends.
"It's amazing how quickly formed an entirely new type of environment, where the taste, smell and touch are not stimulated, where most of the time we sit at the screen and not a walk in the fresh air and do not spend time talking face to face," - Susan Greenfield says. We definitely have something to worry about.
The brain is formed when there is external stimuli and the more they will be - the better for the brain. It is therefore very important for children to explore the world physically, but virtually. This should be the growing brain, like a thousand years ago.
Also, a child needs a healthy and restful sleep. But today's children are not able to get out of the Internet and break away from computer games. This greatly reduces the duration of their sleep and leads to violations. How can there be development, when you're tired and you have a headache, and schoolwork can not climb in a head ?! You may ask, how digital technology can change the child's brain? Firstly, the number of external stimuli is limited because of the monotonous pastime on the Internet. The child does not get the necessary experience to him, to develop a sufficiently critical areas of the brain responsible for empathy, self-control, decision-making ... And that does not work, dies. After all, a person who has ceased to go, atrophied legs? Children are not used to store information - it is easier to find it in the search engines. Here's to you, and memory problems. They did not train her.
Do you think that children are much smarter thanks to the Internet? Did you know that the current eleven-year carry out tasks at a level that showed eight or nine-year old children 30 years ago. The researchers note that one of the main reasons for this is life in the virtual world.
"My fear is that digital technology infantiliziruyut brain, turning it into a kind of brain of young children, who are attracted by buzzing noises and bright light, which can not concentrate and live in the present moment", - says Susan Greenfield.
But you can still save her children! Just limit the time of use with all sorts of gadgets. You will be surprised, but Steve Jobs, guru of the digital industry, it did so. His children do not use at all iPads and other gadgets they were forbidden to use at night and on weekends. Chris Anderson, editor in chief of the US magazine "Wired", one of the founders of 3D Robotics, also limit their children's use of gadgets. Anderson rule - no screens and gadgets in the bedroom! "I, like anyone else, I see a danger of excessive enthusiasm for the Internet. I myself have encountered this problem and did not want to have these same problems were my children. "
Creator Sons Blogger and Twitter services can use their tablets and smartphones no more than 1 hour per day, and the Director of OutCast Agency, restricts the use of gadgets at home 30 minutes a day. His younger children do not have the gadgets.
Here is the answer to the question "what to do". Think about the younger generation, what kind of future awaits them in 10-20 years when they now spend half a day in front of screens to its cutting-edge gadgets.