How Technology Overuse Impacts a Developing Child

Cris Rowan, a leading paediatric occupational therapist,  in her article The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child, explains how increase of  physical, psychological and behaviour disorders can all be attributed to technology overuse.

“Child obesity and diabetes are now national epidemics in both Canada and the U.S., causally related to technology overuse. Diagnoses of ADHD, autism, coordination disorder, developmental delays, unintelligible speech, learning difficulties, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders are associated with technology overuse, and are increasing at an alarming rate.

Young children who are exposed to violence through TV and video games are in a high state of adrenalin and stress, as the body does not know that what they are watching is not real. Children who overuse technology report persistent body sensations of overall “shaking”, increased breathing and heart rate, and a general state of ‘unease.'”

Rowan also emphasises how over exposure to technology impacts learning abilities of children. “Hard-wired for high speed, today’s young are entering school struggling with self regulation and attention skills necessary for learning, eventually becoming significant behavior management problems for teachers in the classroom.”

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