From the introduction of technology like tablets and laptops in childrens

From the introduction of technology like tablets and

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tablets and laptops in children’s classes, it comes to no surprise that the same children develop internet dependence in their adult life. Furthermore, exposure to technology and media during the school day increases the likelihood of children to be be further drawn to other technology at home. Television shows, cartoons in particular, are known to for fast-action, with rapid changes in sounds, colors, and story plots. In order to keep up, children recede into a hyper-focus state to process information. When turned away from the screen, they experience a type of withdrawal behavior.Studies suggest that the digital books, books that can be read on a screen and often include interactive enhancements, “may decrease child comprehension of context or parent dialogic reading interactions when visual effects are distracting” (Media, Council On
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Communications And). In other words, the interactive e-books children use now a days, that are so heavily praised by teachers and parents, are actually decreasing children’s comprehension owing to their increase of possible distractions. These simple distractions are not new to media, and websites dedicated to encourage studying have become cluttered with advertisements. Thus, even adults have trouble focusing on a certain task. Children, who already have a small attention span, are affected even more so. Television shows geared toward children are designed to fit as much action as possible into a short amount of time, creating an environment where reality is distorted, and replaced withone that moves at an extremely high rate. When an episode ends, and the child’s mind returns to the real time speed of life and withdrawal kicks in. The child that just finished watching an episode of Spongebob Squarepants, for example, searches for fast paced events elsewhere, most likely in video games or other online resources. With the presence of many platforms that can be accessed from almost every form of technology, people can become easily dependent on their devices. Technological addiction usually develops due to the ease of accessibility, the ability to immediately go online at any time of the day; control, going online without other people knowing; and excitement, when going online becomes suspenseful or thrilling (Risky Business: Internet Addiction). Many studies have concluded that extensive use of the internet can also compromise theirpsychological well-being. In a study conducted in NSCB Medical College in India, college students were examined to find the effects that internet addiction has on one’s psychological well-being, or PWB. The researchers first tried to determine the reason for college students’ internet addiction. Reasons ranged from students having large blocks of unstructured time to students desiring to escape the stress of university by using the internet (Sharma, Arvind, and
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Richa Sharma).
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