Serious causes of computer addiction
Technology has developed so much that it is almost crucial to have electronic devices at home. Our life has gotten so used to having technology around us that we can’t imagine our lives without them. However, while having electronic devices at home could be comfortable and handy at times, it could also have negative effect on children, especially on teenagers. Parents usually buy computers for their children’s educational resource. But teenagers, who always seek fun activities around them, use computer to play games, chat with friends and to catch up with the latest gossip on celebrities. And before they know it, they are addicted to computer. Computer can cause teenagers to be physically, and mentally ill, and the more the child spends more time on computer, the more he/she loses time to focus on academics, and to talk to their family.
Many teenagers who use the computers don’t seem realize that sitting in front of the computer is harmful at all. The electromagnetic waves from the computer-screen make our brain cells get stiffen every second. Human eyes can also lose its focus and get dehydrated easily because the ELF, VLF, RF and MICROWAVE (types of injurious electromagnetic waves). These harmful waves can cause headache, drop in eyesight, a brain tumor and leucosis in the worst case. Moreover, sitting in front of computer without exercising makes the teenager unhealthy. But this is not the only harmful cause of computer addiction.
When it comes to computer game addiction, the situation gets worse. Violent computer graphic games such as Star Craft, War Craft or Counter Strike that are also connected with internet make teenagers – especially boys– think aggressive towards the real world. They spend most of their time figuring out another way to win the battle inside the computer, and think that it is worth spending time into. Teenagers, who still have vulnerable and weak sense of judgment, could think that the world inside the computer could, and actually does exist. Once they jump into the fake computer (cyber) world, it is hard for them to come out of it since it feels so realistic talking, fighting and playing with people friends inside the computer connected with the internet. Then what happens to teenagers’ real life?
Not only does computer addiction cause illness and distraction, it also makes the teenager’s social life miserable. Computer addiction could leads to social suicidal and academic failure. Because they concentrate too much on computer without having the sense of time passing by, teenagers lose their time to spend for academic works. When they plan to study several ours after playing computer games, they actually lose track of time to remember that they have to go back to study and catch up with homework. Instead of finding their way outside to the playground or a soccer-field, they find their way into the cyber-world to chat with friends from internet. And the teenagers’ parent, thinking that his/her child must be studying, usually leaves the child alone in their room to do what they want to do.
Having life surrounded by high technology electronic devices is comfortable and useful. But it is important to remember that these devices could also be harmful to people at times. Computer addiction causing illness was proven by scientists since the computer was generalized. Even though the electronic devices could be, teenagers should know that it is not worth killing time with chatting, playing games and checking out for the latest gossips. Teenagers should be able to manage their time when they are using the computer, and parents should be aware of the fact that teenagers could be using the computer for other purposes.