We live in a world that is surrounded by technology. Everyday people continue to work on new ways to improve technology for medical purposes, safety issues, and to enhance the life of the everyday man. Technology is a luxury that has both a positive and negative impact on the way people live. Each generation has been influenced by the technology around them in a different way. The elderly were raised in households without many of the technological advancements we see today. Since they were raised without much technology they have a better understanding of what life used to be like. On the other side of the spectrum are the children. Young children, especially in America, are being raised in a society that uses technology in every aspect of life. Digital devices are a “must have” in the eyes of children. Whether it is iPads, laptops, smartphones, or iPod’s, they are on the top of every child’s Christmas list, and the only thing they want for their birthday. These devices have many useful qualities that aid in a child’s life, but they take away from the experiences we as adults enjoyed as children. This causes children to depend on technology, which impacts their life in a positive and negative way.
Almost every house in America has at least one television set, and some have more. Watching television can be a fun and relaxing time for many children, but there are pros and cons that follow. When a child watches an educational program it allows them to learn without the pressure they would receive in a classroom. A child is able to relax and enjoy what is on TV in a safe environment while still learning. This could even inspire them to learn more about what they are watching on their own. Along with learning, watching TV can promote bonding within a family. When family members gather around the TV it gives them the opportunity to laugh together, or even cry together. These actions may enhance the family members’ relationship. While yes there are pros to watching TV, there are also cons. One negative aspect that could come with children watching TV is the content of what they are watching. Some parents limit access to what their children watch, but some do not. When a child is free to browse through the channels they might come across a show with sex, drugs, violence, and crime. Being exposed to that kind of material may have a negative impact on a child, and can lead to further issues in the future. Another con that TV has on children is it limits the interactions with other children. When a child stays indoors and spends time watching TV it reduces that amount of time a child could be bonding and learning to build relationships. According to the article, How Use Of Screen Media Affects the Emotional Developments Of Infants, Social interactions are essential for establishing and building secure attachments, and are crucial for positive emotional development (Zeanah et al 2011, Balbernie 2013). On top of poor content and decreased emotional development, too much TV may affect a child’s health. When a child remains stagnant in front of the TV for long periods of time they are not burning as many calories as a child that is up moving around. This may lead to obesity and other health issues that may affect a child, and may lead to further complications in the future. Another piece of technology other than TV that has an impact on children is the smartphone.
If someone were to ask people that they knew, what is the one device they cannot live without is, most people would say their smartphone. There are many reasons as an adult that a smartphone is an important device to have. For a child, there are pros and cons to them having a smartphone. By allowing your child to having a smartphone it can relieve some of the stress as a parent. With a smartphone, a parent can know where their child is at all times. The phone allows a child to call or text his or her parent from any location informing them of their whereabouts, and what they have planned. The parent is even able to access the phones GPS to tract the phone’s location and confirm that their child is where they say they are. This is comforting for the parent and also increases the safety of the child. Unfortunately, with every pro follows a con. One negative aspect that comes with a smartphone is the apps that are available. Although, many of the apps are helpful there are many apps that are not. A smartphone offers the user many games, which could be distracting, and can consume much of a child’s time. This takes away from activities that are more beneficial. Another con that having a smartphone has is the ability to text whatever someone types. Several people text using short hand or what is better known as “text language”. This is where a person shortens a word or a phase so that it allows them to text faster. Some examples of this are “cuz”, for the word because, “b4” for the word before, and “lol” for the phase laughing out loud. Using text language is okay for adults and some older children, but not for younger children. By younger children texting like this, it causes that writing style to get burnt into their muscle memory. This may makes it difficult for children to write with proper English at their age. Children’s lives are not only impacted by technology such as television, smartphones, but also computers.