Argument and Persuasion, Essay #6
Technology and Children
This technology revolution sparked a debate on children’s use of technology. Children are constantly using iPads, iPhones, tablets, and other computerized devices. By over exposing children to technology, they are being robbed of the mental stimulation that comes from doing real, non computerized, activities. It has gotten to the point where one can see a two-year-old navigate an iPhone with ease but struggle to speak. Sixty-nine percent of children aged two to five can use a computer mouse, but only eleven percent can tie their own shoelaces (Generation Tech More Kids Can Play Computer Games than Ride a Bike). Also, children are at an all time low in the creativity department because of the lack of chances to practice their creativeness. The social interactions worsen due to the fact that children would rather communicate over the internet and via text message than speak face to face. In order to be sure that children get the proper building blocks for their future education, we must limit children’s use to technology.
Today, technology is more geared toward the youth than any other age group. About 75 percent of iTunes top selling games are the educational apps designed for preschoolers and elementary school children (Strauss). Adults, think that because it is made for children that it is okay for a child to sit for hours on end playing the ‘educational’ game, when really they are causing more harm than good.
Unfortunately, children no longer are seeing the need to communicate face to face with each other; children are not learning simple skills that those of before the technological outbreak learned as second nature. Children are attached to their devices, even as they are walking down the street. In the morning when kids are leaving for school, you see a line of children walking down the street all plugged in. No one says good morning as the pass another person, they bump into people without...
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