There is a substantial disagreement among experts regarding the effect that technology has on child growth and development. Certain experts believe technology is advancing intellectual development, while others think it may over-stimulate and actually impair brain functioning.
The main question becomes:
What was it like growing up before technology and how is that different from growing up in a high-tech world?
Chris Rowan, from The Impact Of Technology On The Developing Child said, “Children of the past moved… a lot, and their sensory world was nature based and simple. Today’s families are different. Technology’s impact on the 21st century family is fracturing its very foundation, and causing a disintegration of core values that long ago were the fabric that held families together.”
Health and education systems are beginning to realize that technology is responsible for an increase in physical and psychological behavior disorders.
Rowan states, “Diagnoses of ADHD, autism, coordination disorder, developmental delays, unintelligible speech, learning difficulties, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders are associated with technology overuse, and are increasing at an alarming rate.”
Obviously no one in society can argue the benefits of technology, but it is important to realize that technology might not be as necessary for children as we think. Instead of playing senseless games on the ipad, why can’t children spend more time reading or actually developing their brain?
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