Addicted to Smart Devices

Are Smart Devices Causing More Harm than Good?

There is no question that smart phone/devices make it easier to access information faster and also to reach one another 24/7/365. However, does all this handheld technology cause more harm than good? There is evidence to suggest that early childhood development is negatively impacted by excessive “screen time”. It can also impact our health, both physically and mentally. Impacts on Speech Whenever I see a toddler playing on their parent’s smartphone and/or tablet, I’m amazed. In fact, most kids can navigate an electronic device before they can speak a sentence. Is this a good thing though? Yes and no. Yes, it is good since children must learn how to interact with technology in order to thrive in today’s electronic world. However, there is evidence that excessive “screen time” for our youth is detrimental to the development of language and/or communication skills. When handheld devices are being used by children between the ages of six months and two years of age, expressive speech development is delayed. In fact, for every 30 minutes of screen time, there is a 49% increased risk of speech delay according to Time magazine. The impact on speech can also be seen in teenagers and even...

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