Technology and Transcendentalism

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“Technology, A Turn For the Worst”

Have you noticed fewer children when you look out your window? Do the kids that surround you prefer to stay inside rather than be in the fresh air? The introduction of technology has changed the way we look at the world, including the younger generations. However, is there such a thing as too much technology? Items such as cell phones, video games, TVs, and portable MP3 players are just a few of the products modern day children are more or less addicted to. Kids aren’t even aware of the beliefs behind transcendentalism. Society is going in the opposite direction of transcendentalist beliefs, which revolves around discovering ones self through the natural world. Children across the globe haven’t gained an appreciation for the outdoors and never will unless changes are made.

One of the many negative effects of technology incorporates the increasing rate of obesity around the world, especially in children. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2004, 16% of children (over 9 million) that are between the ages of 6-19 years old are overweight or obese, a number that has tripled since 1980! It can be assumed that this is directly caused by the development of technology. Rather than being outside, kids are more interested in playing video games. They don’t see the value and beauty of nature. Children are becoming overweight from lack of activity and consuming “junk” food while watching TV, playing video games, or playing on the computer.

According to a New York Times article, the average kid, ages 8-18, spends over 7 ½ hours a day using technological gadgets equaling 2 ½ hours of music, almost 5 hours of TV and movies, and three hours of internet and video games. It has been proven that the more technology in a child’s life, the worse grades they have. Therefore it’s obvious that children aren’t making time for their school work or school related activities. Also, teens and young-adults rely heavily...
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