Anthony T. Hincks’ philosophy of technology was that when people start to marry their apps, we will suddenly realize that technology has gone too far. And this is quite the case now in our modern world. A lot of our single people are actually married in a sense, if we dare see it in this perspective.
You can’t catch them with a spare ten minutes in which their eyes weren’t glued to their smartphones or any of the smart gadgets and this glow worm has gradually slithered into our kids, as well. Whether at school, home, in a taxi , at the dining and of course, almost ridiculously, in the toilet! — I mean, how could I have forgotten that when a cousin of mine comfortably chairs that category.
Although, a lot of people may ignore this thesis and push it aside as one of those stories that people never tire of telling, the reality of the problem may become scary when one realizes the enormous size of harm lurking around the screen corners of these electronic contraptions.
It is possible we have no idea that prolonged exposure to screen may skyrocket the risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which is a behavioral condition characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour. Join me in this analysis.
The reports of a cohort study carried out in 2014 on a group of students within the age groups of 15 and 16 across some public high schools in Los Angeles County showed how screen time affects behaviour in children. At the beginning of the research, none of the students had ADHD symptoms.
The researchers examined their level of screen usage, enquiring how often they indulged in certain online activities, which included texting and the use of social media to stream videos. After which these students were placed under close scrutiny for every six months till two years later, 2016.
After the said period of time, teenagers who reported using digital devices very often, showed symptoms of ADHD. The researchers found that 10.5% of the 51 kids who reported using all the tested platforms frequently everyday reported to have ADHD symptoms by the end of the study. Among those who didn’t indulge frequently in online activities, only 4.6% displayed symptoms of ADHD.
Does that strike a chord with you at all? Well, why shouldn’t it, when the study above suggests that prolonged screen usage doubles the risk of developing the disorder! Also, experts warn strongly that more than two hours of exposure to screens a day, (be it smartphones, computers, video games and what have you) can be detrimental to development, especially in toddlers and teenagers.
Not long ago, researchers at the University of Alberta examined the behavioural habits of more than 2,400 families. They found that very young children who used smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets for just two hours a day were likely to observe a stunt in development. Relax and you shall as soon get a peek into this piece of knowledge.
Smartphone screen, for example, emits blue light to enable one see well, even under sunny conditions. But the effect of this light on the brain isn’t exactly mild but rather a diverse and potentially troublesome one on the long run. The chemicals produced in the brain are impeded by long exposure to this light, for example melatonin, the sleep hormone, may not be produced in sufficient quantities which may directly result in sleep disorders.
And it is a time-worn fact that the human body regenerates itself developmentally while one is asleep and the advantages of good sleep habits to brain activity, memory, level of attention and alertness cannot be overstated. Hence a bevy of mental problems is very likely to arise subsequently from polonged screen usage. Attention deficit disorders is a common occurrence.
Some findings suggest that different screen activities affect people differently, for example, playing video games with one’s family have been reported with no significant association with the development of ADHD symptoms, while playing with the gadgets alone has a profound relationship with subsequent ADD symptoms. Same also applies to playing online.
The entire universe is revolutionized and globalization is spreading more rapidly than ever. Apparently, children need to be exposed to these devices for obvious reasons, even for their own development, but it must not be permitted to a detrimental level. Little wonder experts suggest; the less, the better.