Too much screen time can also affect children’s social interactions negatively and not allow them to recognize emotional expressions as easily as children who don't use as much technology (NPR). This information can be backed up by an experiment that was done by researchers who took 50 children to an outdoor education camp and had 50 other children continue on life as normal with technology. But the children who were sent off to the camp had no technology for the five days they were there. After just those five days the researchers tested the children's ability to tell emotional expressions, and the group of children who spent their past five days in an outdoor education camp scored exceedingly higher in this test (NPR). Even though only a small amount of children were used in this experiment, the large amount of more emotions and facial expressions the children at the camp could tell is evidence of technologies negative effects. The statistics of the 100 children that were tested in this experiment show that children spending too much time staring at screens does affect more than just their health but their ability to socialize with others. Which is just another reason why I and many others believe that something should be done to limit this screen time, but no one really knows how to do that yet.
Although children of the ages 3-18 have certain amounts of time that they can spend on technology on a daily basis and still be completely healthy, pediatricians and journalists argue that babies under the age of three should have no screen time at all (Slate). The experts who researched this topic said that the children of the age under three years old need warm, real world interactions instead of screen time. However, a study from the 2013 study in the research journal of child development shows that children who spend their screen time chatting with loved ones using webcams can actually help the child form bonds with the loved one and even learn new words (Slate). This shows that some screen time that children have is actually educational and helpful for their development, but the amount of screen time that is educational is at such a small percentage that most children that use technology are not using it for beneficial purposes (Slate). A problem with this is that it’s hard to keep the screens away from the children and can even cause confusion. The kids may not know why they are being kept from watching the screens and this will cause them to ask questions and make them confused. Some parents that researchers talked with said that they took exhausting measures to try and keep their child’s head turned away from the screens especially when the young child has older siblings who also like to watch tv.
So overall technology use has been causing troubles for lots of people throughout the world, and there are people such as pediatricians who believe that this technology use is unhealthy for children. But there can also be some upsides to technology use as proven in the “2013 study in the Research Journal of Child Development”. But technology has spread too much around the world and it has become too powerful to be stopped by even the government as proven in Taiwan, Where the citizens of Taiwan were citing privacy concerns due to the government trying to make children of the ages three through eighteen spend less time on technology for their own health. So yes I believe we have come too far for something to actually make children spend less time on technology because it has become a normal part of society and life today.
Conclusion, updated [27, May 2015]
I think being able to write my own blog on a topic that I personally picked and can relate to was a great experience and I definitely learned a lot. My topic addressed children and how using too much technology can cause health and social problems in their lives. The question that I had and was able to answer after doing research on my topic and writing my blog was whether or not it was too late to lower the amount of time spent on technology because it has become such a big part in our lives nowadays. This topic was really interesting for me to research and at points even shocked me as it did to the readers of my blog because in the student comments I received most of them replied first off by saying how surprising or shocking the statistics were. This was interesting to me as well of how many people were unaware of this problem in life today most likely because spending time on technology has become a social norm. Some of the comments really backed up the idea of reducing time spent on technology, but no one was really able to specify how. Some responses shared articles that I found fascinating because some websites were very factual and actually were able to teach me a lot about my own topic. Another response shared a link of a debate website were I really had to look at what the people were saying and even do some research to make sure the people weren’t making up their comments, and the site had an 82% vote on the yes side that children are using too much technology. These responses backed up the idea I already had and did not really change my current thought process too much. For me the process of blogging was time consuming but very rewarding because you get to learn a lot about a topic that your personally enjoy and would love to show others about. I really enjoyed creating this blog post and I hope many other people will enjoy reading it and learning from it.