Effects of Technology (TV, video games, Internet and mobile) on a child’s brain

With all the talks about damages of technology and its overuse, I feel we are not focusing on the real issue. This short article is my attempt to get attention on the significant problem of technology overuse, which later leads to the three major issues which I’ve explained in my more extended version of the similar article ‘Deep Dive – Technology overuse’.

Why technology beats education?

When we use Technology (TV, video games, Internet or mobile), our brain receives specific stimulation that gives us a particular pleasure. This stimulation can also help us focus on the thing that provides the stimulation. Soon our mind gets used to this stimulation, and then it may not stay interesting. Then we look for higher stimulation with faster pictures, brighter colours, louder noise, newer channels and it keeps going on. Today, the internet and TV provides this stimulation right into our palms wherever we go. However, we lose learning in this process. 

Learning and school will never be able to compete with the level of stimulation that technology provides. TV, video games and mobile makes our brain insensitive by delivering higher and higher stimulation doses. Learning needs a child to be able to harness the curiosity through the confusions, wonder, discomfort, and patience as our understanding develops. If our brain is used to the high stimulations from TV, games and mobiles, then it will be difficult for us to stay focused in challenging environment of learning and schools. If the child has easy access to better stimulation through technology, then they will not be inclined to stay in this discomfort of education. Technology becomes a massive distraction for everything that takes time to develop, like learning, skills, relationships and so forth.

What can parents do?

  1. Avoid the exposure to the technology as long as it is possible.
  2. If the child is watching TV or playing video games, then restrict the combined (TV or playing video games) to a maximum of one hour in a day.
  3. Access to the Internet can be strictly on a need basis only through the computer (not mobile).
  4. Strictly no mobile for children. If one needs the mobile for communication, then use a simple phone without internet instead of the smartphone.
  5. Strictly no access to social media.

Not an easy task to implement

It is understandable that with the present culture this may not be an easy thing to achieve. However, consider this, if a child was asking for cocaine (or any other drug), would you give it to her? Mobile Technology is more addictive and more damaging than any drugs, especially mobile phones with internet. They are our children, and we can force them when it is a critical situation, just like we will force them to take medicines when they are sick. However, the implementation is more effective if we have a culture at home that supports this. That means everyone at home follows a conservative approach towards technology. This article was my small pitch about Technology overuse, for deeper understanding and better implementation of the technology culture, please watch/read this video article ‘Deep Dive – Technology overuse’ (http://www.iplocalhost.in/deep-dive-technology-overuse/)

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