Are kids and teens too “technified”? Can one become addicted to technology?
In short, yes. To clarify, seeing a five year old with their own IPhone is more than ridiculous. There is a lot more to the world than just technology. In many cases it is not even appropriate. Kids in elementary school requiring social networking via Facebook and Twitter are missing the point. The main reason I have Facebook is to stay connected with friends that I had long ago in other countries. With Twitter I help put myself out into the world to be found, same with LinkedIn. I'd say, until high school, if even then, those kinds of things may not only be frivolous, but troublesome.
I think as we become more connected, we're getting disconnected from face to face personal relationships. Communication has become more convenient, but also more impersonal. I'd rather text or email than talk on the phone any day.
Yes, most are addicted to their email & texts - however, it is fair to say that they need to be familiar with all types of technology in order to succeed today.
Technology addiction is a definite "thing" - and it can be damaging to relationships and quality of life, but like anything, it's about balance. Balance your technology with the rest of the life skills you need, because when you don't have a data connection or the power's out, you can't Google how to survive daily life, or the next apocalypse.
Kids are embracing technology faster and faster; I worry about it a little - there's something to be said for fresh air, playing outside, and pure imagination. Again, balance! Parents need to make sure their kids aren't left in the dust, technologically, but without a chance to run and jump and get some fresh air, they are going to miss out on life lessons and opportunities that every kid needs to be successful as an adult.
I do not believe you can be too "technified" but I do believe there needs to be a limit on the amount time/hours of technology kids and teens have.
I think it's great my 3 year old daughter can navigate my iPad to what she wants, but she only gets it for 15-20 minutes per day.
Sure. Balance is key though. IF you spend too long on the computer, take the dog out for a walk. Take the kids to the aquarium - get out of the house, go for a run, mountain bike, go to the theater. Kids and adults can all benefit from putting technology aside for personal growth. Plus, we've found you do your best thinking not in front of the computer.
Anything can be addictive -- substances, or behaviors, or technologies that encourage the use of these substances or behaviors. Addiction, however, is only a problem if engaging in the addiction is getting in the way of living a life you want to live.
I am a TV addict! It took away way too much of my time when I was an active user. This is why I went cold-turkey back in 1980 (and haven't had a TV since). This is why I invented TV-B-Gone remote controls, and why I turn off TVs in public places.
I think they are becoming. Technology is good, and I could not leave without it. But what makes me sad is that teens prefer watching a video on their screen than take a walk in the woods. Technology will never be able to give me the same thrill I have when I climb a mountain, I sail the sea or I watch the stars.
I think you can become addicted to technology
Yes but I don't see this as a problem
I believe they are. I would not trade my experiences with the typewriter, 8 -track player, or the telephone pager. I appreciate what we have today, and I understand how to use tools for the betterment of others.
Far too technified, and the addiction is very real and potentially destructive.
Kids and teens, as well as adults, must be able to use the technology we have to help them achieve what they want. That being said, there's a need for all of us to do the things that humans have been doing for thousands of years.
A few recent studies have shown that brain development stalls when our perceptions are limited to a screen; having a real conversation with a friend is much different than chatting over IM with that same friend, because your brain doesn't just process the message conveyed by the black letters over white background, but the sound of their voice, and yours, the tone, the expressions on your faces, the smell of the place, the temperature...
Technology is an aid, not a substitute for "real life".
No, I think that the earlier they get into technology, the better! And sure, since the most young ages they can be addicted to technology, but not forgetting that there's a life outside the chips and batteries.
They are technified. They are taught to do things and some do them very well. However they are little about discipline, work ethnics or patience.
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