When I was 12, I was given my first phone. It was a little LG sliding phone with a keyboard. Kinda like the phone Max Holmes has just a couple models before that. I felt so cool having my own phone because now I can be like my brothers and even talk to many more people than before. On our way to the store, my mom spent the whole car ride telling me about her first cell phone and how it was as big as her head and that she didn’t get one until she was an adult. Now remember, I’m only 12 years old, just about to turn 13.
She said I was lucky I was getting one so early in my life. With my new phone I could call, text, and email people, I could take, send, or post pictures on some social media by this time as well. I even had full internet access on top of all of that. “Twice as many children have cell phones now as in 2004.
Most teens — 85% of those aged 14 to 17 — have cell phones. So do 69% of 11-14 year olds and 31% of kids aged 7-10″, according to a 2010 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.Every year, as our technology progresses and grows, as more and more people gain access to technology and social media, it changes how we do things, and how we act. How we interact with others physically and socially has depended entirely on the tools we have.
Now that we have easier tools and easier mechanisms to exchange even a hello, we think our lives have become so unchallenging, effortless or trouble-free. The problem is that maybe we’re losing more than we are getting?When it comes to video games, there is this thing called simulated satisfaction that we don’t think about. When kids are playing video games, they could be playing basketball or another game like that. They could be winning on the game and think that it’s that easy in real life, but they could be trash at real basketball. Trust me, I would know..
.The Health Research Fund (HRF) believes that, “Whenever kids would have some problems in real life, some failures or some challenges, they would seek refuge in their own simulated world facilitated by technology. They would look for solace, comfort or even accomplishments and sense of satiation in that virtual simulated world.” Something I haven’t talked about yet are the good things or the pro’s of technology. Many say that watching cartoons or looking at a screen “dulls” a child’s brain, but numerous studies have shown it’s the opposite. There are many pros to this topic such as improved motor skills, and improved cognitive function.
When someone sits down and puts their mind to figuring something out, whether it be a puzzle, scribbling, drawing or any interactive apps on a device, they are putting their mind to the test. They are using skills that require thinking, challenges and problem solving which help them learn. Puzzles and drawings may be more hands on, but interactive apps can also be hands on. Another thing is that when a person is using such device, they are using their hands, their thumbs and many muscles in their hands to complete these tasks. Whether it be pushing a button, spinning a joystick or something of that sort. You may not believe it but they are actually giving that part of their body a small workout.
Using these muscles causes them to become stronger, and smarter which helps teach the body and required muscles to gain better motor skills. I want all of you to think right now, think of the first time you got a phone or used a computer. When it was your first time, especially with that dumb T9 texting, how fast were you? How were your general motor skills with that device. Now think of the present. How fast do you type, how fast can you switch apps or look up something on your device. I know that a general majority of you can say that your motor skills with these devices has grown dramatically from the first time you used such device.Are younger generations too captivated by social media and technology? Do the younger generations spend too much time on their devices? The Huffington Post found out that, “75 percent of teenagers in America currently have profiles on social networking sites, of which 68 percent use Facebook as their main social networking tool.” Using these social media sites it is easily possible to cause something more than mayhem or trouble with other people.
The people interacting don’t need to even see each other so we all know it’s easier to say bad things about someone over the phone than it is in person. The huffington post goes on to say, “The lack or difficulty in self-regulation and susceptibility to peer pressure makes adolescents vulnerable to such evils as Facebook depression, sexting, and cyberbullying, which are realistic threats.”I thought to myself about all that has been happening lately in the news and especially after reading up on how many kids have technology and the amount of time spent on these small plastic or metal symbols of interaction. There’s this intoxication and infatuation with an electric screen that is able to burn our eyes as we gaze into an abyss of colors, lights, and abnormalities that are new to many in the world. The question though is that of, are we strongly scrutinizing our children to where they have that want to stare into this bright void and possibly never come back?Albert Mehrabian found out that Human interaction is 7% verbal (actual words spoken), and 93% nonverbal (body language).
Do we want this to happen, do we want our children and friends to spend more time on a piece of plastic or metal instead of sharing human contact? You decide.