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Kids are spending an average of more than 7 1/2 hours a day using electronic media, which includes TV, the Internet, video games, and mobile devices, according to a 2010 report by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Are electronic devices taking over our kids’ lives A report and survey by the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation shows that students are spending more than 7 ½ hours un various media devices. Researchers show that the number of hours is as much as 53 hours weekly and more so in some cases.

While the immediate gratification may provide that dopamine hit that drives us (and our teens) back to our devices again and again, some research. Technology, however, has a strong pull on our children. To learn more, click on the link below to read an article by Katherine Lee that explains how electronic devices are taking over kid’s lives. After reading this article, please post a comment to share your. Summary: With children spending increasing amounts of time on screen-based devices, there is a common perception that technology is taking over their lives, to.

Children and technology – love it or hate it, smart devices are in your children’s lives and they’re here to stay. Offering many great opportunities for more engaged learning, technology can help a child’s progression in subjects that traditionally have had a reputation for struggling to engross pupils, such as math or physics. Digital devices have invaded and occupied our lives and aren’t leaving. Phones and tablets of every size travel with us everywhere. emboldens some kids to pick on others over social media or. Now electronic devices have strongly affected our lives in many ways.

Whether it is communications, loves like weddings or posting loving comments) or friendship, now there are new ways to show it. Of course it isn’t, people often fixate on the idea that technology is taking over our lives however without technology our lives would be taken over by other things. Technology is a prevailing thing in the modern world however it isn’t taking over our lives. Technology is key to life. A problem exists when we cannot do without a machine for over 24 hours.

It means the gadget has become a point of obsession and needs to be controlled. We should establish times—and even long periods—where we refrain from using our devices. There is something wrong when our use of technological gadgets blocks out our perception of the world.

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Children are, however, very comfortable with technology.

“Bullying and Cyberbullying: What Every Educator Needs to Know” by Elizabeth Kandel Englander
from Bullying and Cyberbullying: What Every Educator Needs to Know
by Elizabeth Kandel Englander
Harvard Education Press, 2013

It’s very possible that this is only the beginning of a trend that will see ever more lifelike and emotionally engaging devices become a part of our lives, our households, even our families.

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from Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence
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Are children merely passive victims of the electronic screen or are they technologically literate ‘cyberkids’, riding the wave of the digital revolution?

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by Mary Jane Kehily
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Even though most of us are not willing (or able) to give up our computers, cell phones, wireless networks, microwave ovens, televisions, and other electronics, we have to ask if these electromagnetic devices are harming us.

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Today’s kids, however, have their auditory and visual senses overloaded daily, and many people (not just kids) are now obsessed or addicted to laptop movies, email, social media, and video games—sometimes doing several of these things at once, and even feeling fidgety when not fidgeting with their phones.

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from Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps to Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe
by Meg Meeker
Regnery Publishing, 2019

New devices and what we can do with them—text, Skype, post, tweet, pin, chat, and so forth—have often distracted us from the job of parenting.

“Raising Humans In A Digital World: Helping Kids Build A Healthy Relationship With Technology” by Diana Graber
from Raising Humans In A Digital World: Helping Kids Build A Healthy Relationship With Technology
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On the other hand, the new electronic home and portable communication devices increase the chances of individual members of the family to organize their own time and space.

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No matter how hard we try as parents, it is possible that our kids will start using technology in ways that can cause significant harm to themselves or others.

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For that, as parents, we must curtail use of gadgets ourselves, not watch TV or read newspapers during meal times and adopt a more active lifestyle.

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Some folks have already begun to reduce their usage of modern technologies, particularly in the context of raising children.

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  • The problem is that the more you know and how to use a technology, let’s say your laptop or smartphone, the more attached/addicted/obsessed to it you are. I would like to use these devices like a “boomer” (no offense), they really use technology very superficially and as a means to an end and not an end in itself.

    Before, a cell phone only calls and sends text messages: perfect for not getting too hooked and doing “logistics” with you relatives/friends (i.e. programming a meet hour, place, etc. to talk better). Now, with so many possibilities that “imitate” the reality of being with a person (videocalls, photos, instant messaging, etc.) the need to socialize in person has been blurred in
    for the obvious comfort that a chat/distant implies. There are cases of many millennials (and not necessarily millennials/teenager) who have notably lost their ability to socialize face to face, increased social anxiety even to talk on the phone (replaced by instant messaging/chat).

    Yes, technology is always great for everyone at first (humans have a fascination with everything that emits lights, noises and looks futuristic/sophisticated), but you never know the hidden consequences or not so good effects. This has only just begun and is just being studied. Those who believe that technology is “neutral” are wrong.

  • This video game “fetching mimu only” (Google it) is much more addictive than drugs. I find it very hard but it gave me a lot of excitement and entertainment. It`s an exciting and challenging game. If you only have a couple of minutes each day this is the kind of game you want to own in a mobile platform.

  • im from gen z and grew up on screens and it’s not this bad. i can take apart an entire router modem system and put it back together without instructions. honestly learning about technology at a young age in this world isn’t that bad if your parents raise you to not get addicted. but, if youre a toddler, a little kid, no kidding they’re gonna get upset if you take something from them that they like and have fun on. not just ipads. dolls, cars, anything. if you take it away theyre gonna be sad. my parents got an ipad when i was in preschool, and no, since my parents actually raised me instead of giving me an ipad so they didnt need to parent me, instead taught me how to do other things. nowadays i am on my screen a lot, but still socialize and go out and have friends. my screens instead taught me more, and honestly i could care less what these people say. they have no clue what it really does since they didn’t grow up like us. kids get addicted to electronics when the parents are lazy, not because they are brats. a screen is no replacement for a parent. just because kids grow up with technology doesn’t mean they have no manners. for example when i go out to eat, i keep my phone away. i know how to sit up straight. kids don’t turn into tablet-seeking brats automatically. when parents don’t teach their kids anything and just hand them a screen that’s what happens. also, learning about technology at a young age, now gives me the knowledge on how to stay safe on technology and how to stay safe on the internet. sorry about my rant here, but honestly i don’t stand for blaming technology and the new generations for spoiled brat kids, and saying that an entire generation is spoiled and screen-glued isn’t right if you aren’t even in the generation. if you spent the majority of your life without technology, you don’t get it. just teach your kid how to not use their entire time on a screen and do things. instead of being lazy and pacifying your kid with a screen and then blaming it on society, take a look at yourself. i get it your busy, but no parent should be busy enough to not tell their kid to stop. sorry about how long this is:/

  • Yes we are going home now and I can do it later if you want to do it or not I’ll just let me go get some stuff done and then I go home and get some rest and stuff done and then I will come over to you get it done ✅ was a day and then I had to go to the store to pick it out I was going to go to get your hair done and I get to go get some stuff for my dad and then you go to the bathroom I can do stuff and I don’t think �� it gets boring me and I don’t want to do it because I wanna was like a lot to do so when we were going there and I wanna I like it I like to the point I don’t know how much I wanna I like it but it is fun fun and stuff but yiirtiyyrirtytjskeowoospdpddpodoslwowosososksknwndhdhheuwusuiwowpqpsoksjdndbdhhd was ok but I didn’t have the hype turrrr is the one game I wanna I like it to play sonic game with my friends and family friends and it is keeps me up and I love it �� new game is fun but I can’t stop game play it and it is fun fun game but it’s fun fun to and kill time to go back to the original and the game is fun and I wanna is rr and I don’t think you should be done with that one ☝️ is the best

  • The more outside sources of potential error we rely on, such as public power, phone software, phone hardware, cell service, etc., the more likely we are to be in a bad position if one of those things fails.

  • Technology has it’s good and bad benefits. But more overall, it’s starting to do more bad than good. We as a people, as well as our future generations, are losing touch with their inner selves. The more they constantly distract themselves from the real world. But they don’t, and won’t know that their losing themselves. If they never even got the chance to get to know themselves, to begin with. So now the question is” what kind of monsters are being created? Because they have no souls, they’re like one of the walking dead. If you ask them a question about their self, they wouldn’t know how to answer, because they don’t know anything about who they really are. Because they’ve been took the time to get to know their self. ����������

  • Love the detail in the video! Used it for a class project as I believe it displays the truth behind how fast social media and technology is becoming even more dangerous.

  • All toys and electronics shrink the children’s attention spans and make them addicted. Books with pictures, too. They impair children’s reading and imagination.

  • I feel it’s making life worse, it maybe taking jobs that people who may not be able to become a doctor or IT technician could possibly do, it can possibly adds pressure into life and when it goes wrong, or stops working, it may create stress and problems. Maybe we should all become programs, all 7 billion of use and all go for a technology job?

  • i grew up in the 2000’s (2006-2010) and i usually as an introvert i just drew and watched tv sometimes, and i didnt have a family ipad until 2012, and my own until 2015, cant say the same for my brother can my mum seriously take it away?!

  • My name is Gina!!!!!!!! I finally have someone that names there character my name yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m on my brothers acc don’t ask why

  • Please stop giving your children a screen to stare at in restaurants, in the car, etc. Young kids learn by watching and absorbing things around them. How people are interacting with each other, how they talk, what they are doing, why they are doing what they do… with their head down in a screen they are missing out on thousands of little signals and learning experiences every day, and the questions that come with them. If you can’t engage or communicate with your child in these situations, or selfishly have them stare at a device to keep them “busy” and not bother you it’s on you. Bad parenting.

  • Pfft, my sister has a addiction with her iPad. All she does 24/7 is play roblox, & watch’s DenisDaily, InquisitorMaster, etc. All I want to do is play makeup with her, and stuff. (She’s 4 FYI.) I know for a fact I won’t play with her when I’m older, I’ll be too occupied with homework, and sports. In fact, I’m already occupied with homework & sports. The only person that actually wants to play with me is my 7 year old brother. He’s on electronics a lot, but not as much as my sister. It’s truly sad that my sister uses her device until it’s dead. I wish she (& my brother) could just lay off the electronics. I’ll be graduating high school soon, so.. I won’t be as home as much anymore. On top of that basketball practice.. and my games. Well, that’s all I wanted to say.. and thank you for reading this.

  • The problem is that the parents are addicted first. They, then, give the kids a device to keep them quiet while they themselves feed off their own addiction

  • Does a person even need to be a child psychologist to understand that this behavior is harmful??? Children
    with smart phones is another way that these children are being exposed to an unhealthy habit….I see a lot of
    yuppie parents who are doing these things…They want their own very young children to be trendy…Typical
    yuppie behavior and oh sooo responsible!!!

  • We face the dilemma of, ‘I’m not addicted. I am willing to talk face to face… But the people around me are addicted and refuse to talk to me in real time, face to face.’

    One person’s laziness can start influencing and/or affecting others.

  • THERE IS NO DEFINITION, EVEN IF THE BENEFITS ARE THE SAME. ONCE HUMAN ERRORS DUE TO REAL HEAVY, IF IT WAS THAT THERE WAS NO REAL BALANCE AND REAL HUMAN TASTE WAS CREATED WITH A PERSON, WHICH THE REAL PORTION WAS NEVER BEEN DIFFERENT THERE WAS THE REAL BALANCE IN THE LITERATURE, WHICH WAS IT WAS THAT WAS HAPPENING, WHICH WAS THERE AGAIN. WHICH HANDLED GUIDELINES.

  • I am so saddened and ashamed to say this but: Our younger generation do
    not love like this.These now day kids are over computerized
    (You know too much of a good thing is not good)
    AND It’s TRULY DEHUMANIZING
    Hey a go figure point:::::
    WWW Means 666)
    Great now I see what is happening!
    Plus kids are killing their-selves more than ever before, go look it
    up!

    At any rate, back to me point: They sadly do not know how to feel
    these
    incredible emotional endorphins that can make you feel as if you are
    actually flying by connecting and expressing to one another on a
    spontaneous format with out the computer or phone selecting your data
    base picks of choice.
    Hell look at Micheal Jackson, Madonna, Janet Jackson
    and George Micheal, Micheal Hutch from Innxs! They where the cheer
    leaders of showing with what style and automatic expressions on a
    spontaneous(computer-less device looked like) And yes! We all followed
    and still do!
    Now because of these phones and internet:
    Kids are being like over treated Dolphins
    Further in this sense, they are being like (again) dock fed since
    young. That do not really have to go out there and activate their real
    `life survival instinct for the wild’ or
    rather `their human civilized mode of really living in the moment where
    chance and
    action goes to the core to the bone, choke you with a adrenaline rush to
    want to reach out and feel this again!! `Unthinkingly-‘
    See:
    [ Recall the “Do Not Feed The Dolphins” sign?]
    See there is a reason for that.
    Kid’s are not tapping nor activating their true instinctive
    expressions (Hands on) They are face booking and posting counters and
    opposing their enemy computer to computer. Heck I heard they are having
    SEX through the computer on these web cams. NoW ThaT Is Ridiculous!!!

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I feel so dam sorry for them!! Oh and when you try to talk to
    them about this, They are so shallow minded that they already processed
    this ((-short of the true meaning here.)) Then they looked down to
    continued to text someone….Great!!, another missed moment to add to
    their compilation of tempo to life…Oh and get this! (As I hold my
    furrow brow Roddy pointing finger up to show what is: GOING-TO Come
    OF-THIS-)
    Well here it is:
    Are You READY*@$&^!!!??
    The kid then looks back down to the phone, before
    beginning to realize that the night is over and that time has pasted him
    or her by and all of the relatives have already DIED and now this once
    young kid or on a whole: “Generation” is now in their 40’s or 50’s and
    then into their elder years where life went on and pasted them by and
    then by then, at their very funeral, why no one will go to see because:

    0ne. They never lived. (In reality)
    (or)
    Two: Someone will be posting the funeral on face book and so
    others can just just comment about the person or the funeral in the
    convenient of their bed or own home!

    Oh and vote Liked or Disliked

    Then at the cross road of JUDGMENT day many will say that this was
    taught by some musicians that it was to not honor God and to even (text
    all the time and conform to dark powers to denounce him) as well with
    his Holiday or word in the courts and God or the Angels around might
    would say that:
    The divine angels would probably then say:
    Now my son you never really lived. Life to you was such as a video
    game to you ( In other words it was in the sense that you some what sold
    your soul to the devil’s gadget of submitting to this tendency) and now
    your time is up, it’s over and you did not live as you were designed..
    . You were sold into the Devils poison (Which is again, the phone or
    over use on the computer)
    End Point]
    OK now (New generation kiddoes)
    Sorry to call you out with the clutch of grab to your throat, but wait
    now. It doesn’t have to be….You still have time to put a cap of
    restriction and learn to control over yourself and take back your life?
    Any how your probably about to miss a text, another wasted moment
    of your life…….So go on, go back to sleep!
    `The Devil’s Sleep’ ( as evil has it’s way……)
    God I pray for our children……to come back to life

  • It’s funny how they say electronics negatively affect you and to stop using them to much but this is broadcasted using electronics.��

  • Heres the problem first Ive been using electronics almost my whole life and I have no behaviour problems or low iq you see you are blaming the whole damn device there are certain content that is bad and good and heck we are in quarantine all kids have to rely on This now so they dont die of a deadly desease

  • It makes no sense you born the two child they were together when you were with them then she will probably die inside of the pregnancy thing I don’t want to get demonetized don’t want to get all gross but then this makes no sense at all

  • Well my mom is always out… then she says “don’t do too much. Screen time” when she’s always out, I like to study with someone else.. and I don’t have siblings and quarantine ����‍♀️

  • That’s just so wrong I get it it’s called understanding for the adults but are you kidding me using kids for research on social skills with the iPad in a room in a lab there like a child care, That’s just wrong!

  • People are always trying to demonize technology. Kids too young for it? Just wait until they’re older. Whether we like it or not technology is a BIG part of our society. Keeping away from it will only hurt you in the end when you can’t perform “simple” technological tasks that are going to be required. Parents shouldn’t stress about something like this and remember that everything should be done in moderation.

  • The language barrier and opinions in all the comments below are proof how illiterate and naive people are becoming when their social relationship with others is replaced with a handheld device. The one that becomes an addict or habitual user cannot see the problem or identify the harmful patterns themselves when he or she develops a case of denial. For instance, parents never understand anything, is a classic case of self-denial within the youth population of today. Adults not only have mental experience but fiscal experience of past experience through life’s’ learning habits. Usually the rule of thumb is, the older the person is the wiser that individual will be from life’s learning experience. The proof is in the pudding when those comments below are classic evidence of denial which, is replaced with belligerent and aggressive attitudes because they think there is no harm in playing video games excessively. What a shame, maybe they’ll wake-up when they finally find themselves talking to a wall inside a jail cell one day or who knows maybe not. Is this our future????

  • my aunt gave my cousin full access to All electronic devices since he could, walk and talk he is now 6 years old and demands you. Give him your iPhone. iPad, or any device that he can play games on and, watch YouTube my, family and I have tried telling his mom and grandmother that it would be a very bad idea to give him their phone, instead of playing with him without any electronic devices he even demanded me to give him mine iPhone I told him no because I have all my personal, information and things on it and he likes to delete things and then go to. Apps he has no business being on like social media iTunes and the App Store, I love him but he also needs to learn that he needs to go outside and play. Instead of being on electric devices for hours so that’s why I have I go to, settings and go to restrictions and have the restroom on my phone plus. Screen time so he can not get all any apps he is not allowed to be on and, that he gets only a certain time that he can be on my iPad and when that time. Goes off if he gets I’m gonna say sorry but since you got mad the time it more since you decided to throw a fit because you didn’t get your way that is. My iPad so that means my rules if you do not follow the rules the iPad screen, time will be longer and I do not care if anyone gets mad at me anyway. Because he should want to go outside playing being a boy instead of being a hermit and very antisocial because when he has electronic devices he is. Very antisocial when he has been on any electronic devices for very long, periods of time he wants nothing to do but be on that said device no matter. What you try to do like asking him to play on something other than, electronic devices he had become very addicted to having and being on. Electronic devices and having no time limits on screen time I hope we can undo his mom’s lack of parenting skills she would have rather had him spend. Too much time on any damn electronic device then too actually be his parent, and to spend time with him so is a real person, not a device and she would. Rather choose alcohol over him as well I love her but she needed to grow the, hell up and be a parent who is almost 40 years old then act like a teenager or. A young adult in their 20 who has no responsibilities and I will when I have, time take cousin to theme parks or anything that has nothing to do with. Electronic devices to show him that he can still have fun with the devices, outside I really would like to take to the park to have lots of fun.

  • I play a lot, but I still do other things like being creative, hanging out with family/friends, and schoolwork. I am above average on screens.

  • People were complaining about digital technologies just a year ago. Today, amidst this global coronavirus pandemic AND the coming massive recession, these same digital technologies are keeping us entertained, connected, and productive. Lesson: everything has two sides. Don’t throw the baby with the bathwater.

  • Random Girl/Yammy: Have you ever been to internet school?
    Lauren: HAs AnYboDY
    Me: currently stuck at home on online school Ummmmyes?

  • While sure toddlers shouldn’t be binging screen time, a lot of parents (including mine) are converting this type of video to kids much older, say me and giving me a ridiculously short amount of time.

  • The technology I had as a kid was a Gameboy Color playing Pokemon. Yeah I went out over to my friends house and we’d play, and trade Pokemon together outside in parks, yards, and even in the front door porch! But it gets boring after a while and we would play pretend with Pokemon toys building little houses and forts in the backyard or front yard gardens, using tree barks and leaves. And yes dirt castles as well… Those were the days that we would play outside. And yeah I’ll admit I was hooked with SNES, Genesis, PlayStation, and N64. But we didn’t need our parents telling us “ok that’s enough!!” We got bored eventually and went outside bike riding, or scooter riding when Razor scooters were huge!! That was what being a kid for me was. And I’m 27

  • Why were ipads invented in the first place, should of sticked to 1970s tech for the rest of the next millennium, no video games or smart tech so we could actually socialize. Say no to tech advancement, were satisfied enough lawl

  • I got rid of my toddlers tablet today. I wish I never bought her ones. It’s been about a year since shes had it. I’m so tempted to get rid of my phone. I have been for a couple years,but I know I’m addicted and it seems almost impossible to be without a smart phone nowadays. Our employers, teachers, family expect us to have access to everything at our fingertips. I once told a boss I was getting rid of my smartphone amd she told me I had issues. Can you believe that!

  • All schools need to throw away all laptops and learning tablets away and do their work. My kids dont have a phone, learning tablets or ipads and my kids now are asking for one. Really? So don’t blame just parents that allow their kids to have one, blame the schools too. I was surprised that in the beggining of the school year they now started the emergency and contacts info into an app they now have and each parent needed to fill that out online. I was so mad because i don’t know too much about technology and got so confused and had to ask my oldest son to teach me about that.

  • Damn, boomer alert!

    Edit: i don’t cry when my iPad 6th gen runs out of battery, because i never allow it to run out, i always charge it when it is low, plus, i use a Train Simulator & I’m pretty creative on it, and I’m not a baby