There were times when we eagerly welcomed technology into our homes wanting our children to become computer literate as early as possible. Today, the tables have changed. We learn that such giants of modern technology as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have raised their kids tech-free… and for a good reason, too. Chris Anderson, former editor of “Wired” magazine and co-founder of drone manufacturer “3D Robotics”, aptly puts it in words: “That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”
If they are concerned about their kids, shouldn’t we worry about ours too? The truth is that extensive exposure to gadgets has given a raise to an entire new diagnosis – Screen Dependency Disorder. Yes, it is real and it damages your child’s brain. A close relative of Screen Dependency Disorder is Internet Addiction Disorder… scary, if you think about it. So what are the effects of the Screen Dependency Disorder on our children?
- Disruptions in healthy sleep cycle. Young children tend to get less sleep and become less focused if they spend excessive time with smart devices. A study has shown that for every quarter of an hour children use smart device, they lose an hour of sleep.
- Delays in speech development. Another study showed that the more time children spend on smart devices, the longer their speech would be delayed.
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