When can we say that technology is becoming a bad thing? We know that it makes our lives feel better because it makes our everyday task easier. It helps all individuals in a lot of ways that we often depend on it in almost everything. So how come others see it negatively and wants people to refrain from using technology too much?
The Undeniable Truth
Technology is so overwhelming that people ignore the negative impact of its excessive usage. Honestly, it is everywhere we go. Not only do adults prefer using it, but even children are also getting hooked up on the latest gadgets and devices. They begin to get caught up in a “technology fever” that they can’t seem to get away with no matter how hard they try. We can say that it has become the life of future generations. Meaning, it’s already part of the current lifestyle, and there’s nothing we can do to stop its growing innovation.
…in practice, digital fasting really hasn’t moved beyond the fringes of our culture. One reason is that there is a raging debate about whether a digital fast is desirable. — Utpal Dholakia Ph.D.00
Perhaps the alarming part of technology is its effect on younger minds. When you think about it, children under the age of two are already exposed to excessive use of television. For those who belong to the five-to-eight age category, you’ll see that almost half of these kids already have their smartphones. That’s entirely not okay.
Most health experts firmly believe that kids under the age of ten shouldn’t overexpose themselves on television and smartphones. Not only it does create a negative impact on their psychological development, but it also hinders them to understand their personality. In some unfortunate instances, it brings kids to a different level of mental degradation where they won’t be able to identify the importance of mental wellness.
Poor management of the technology can lead to problems at home, school, and work, as well as in relationships, especially among young people. Growing numbers of parents are becoming increasingly concerned that they are losing their children to screens. — Michael Fraser, PhD
One greater misconception about technology in kids is all about the enhancement of their learning capabilities. People somehow believe that watching television with child-friendly programs in it help kids achieve improved learning. However, some particular studies and experiment show an opposite result. Kids who spent most of their time watching televised kids shows have fewer vocabularies than those children who are not watching at all. That’s perhaps due to the less quality time that parents spend with their kids. Because instead of learning and understanding things from actual conversation, children are forced to learn vocabulary through a repeated flow.
Well, it’s not that technology is a bad thing. Maybe all we need is to find the right balance that will make us both appreciate it while maintaining a healthier life for our kids. It is a reality that we should consider media use. And since there is no stopping us from utilizing it continuously, then we need to make adjustments. It’s much better if we focus more on quality time rather than disconnecting from our loved ones, especially our kids.
Through a mindful engagement with technology, we can get more out of our screens in terms of happiness and productivity. — Mike Brooks Ph.D.
There’s no argument that technology is useful. However, the younger society is not yet ready for its domination. So for us adults, we need to be keen on what innovation is applicable for the particular use for our children.