As a parent, it's hard to keep up with the constant advancements in technology. It seems like every day there's a new gadget or app that's "a must-have" for your family. And while it's amazing that we've been able to progress so much as a society, this convenience has come at a cost. Too much reliance on technology has made our children lazy, less active, and more prone to obesity.
How Technology Has Made Our Kids Lazy
It's no secret that technology has made our lives more convenient. We can order our groceries online, have them delivered to our doorsteps, and never have to leave the house. We can work from home, thanks to the internet, and we can entertain ourselves with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. But this convenience has made us less active as a society, and our kids are paying the price.
Technoogy has had a negative impact on kids' physical health. According to The Guardian, "the average nine-year-old today is as heavy as the average 15-year-old of 40 years ago." One of the reasons for this dramatic increase in childhood obesity is sedentary lifestyle. And with more and more kids spending their time indoors glued to screens, it's no wonder that rates of obesity are on the rise.
In addition to physical health, technology is also having an adverse effect on kids' mental health. A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that smartphones and other screen devices are linked to increased levels of anxiety and depression in teenagers. The study found that teens who spend more than three hours a day on their phones are 35% more likely to suffer from mental health issues. And it's not just teenagers who are affected; even young children are feeling the effects of too much screen time. A study published in Archives of Disease in Childhood found that for every hour spent looking at a screen, preschoolers' risk for attention problems increased by nearly 50%.
Technology is amazing; there's no denying that. But we have to be careful not to let it take over our lives. We need to make sure that we're still living an active lifestyle and spending time outdoors. And most importantly, we need to monitor our children's screen time to make sure they're not spending too much time indoors glued to their phones or tablets. Let's make sure we're using technology as a tool and not letting it control us.
The Guardian. "How Technology Has Made Our Kids Lazy." N.p., 17 Apr. 2017. Web.