Digital life and its effect on childhood

By digital life, I mean using gadgets instead of toys. This is the way in which the life of the average child has changed within two decades.

The other day, I was discussing with my mother,” I was a lucky child.” Guess why… I have run behind my friends to catch just a speck of their being.

Besides the harmful effects, a 7-8 inch creation has for a child, this has snatched a whole world of physical experience from them.
Now, how does it affect them?
The curious eyes which were to experience nature or had to focus on the dodge ball are glued to the small screens… Myopia in-store, isn’t it?

The loss of physical activity has had its toll on the health of adults. Evidence suggests that lifestyle disorders like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, etc. can be attributed to the associated sedentary living.
As per the World Health Organization, 2 million deaths per year are attributed to physical inactivity.

There is a lot of anxiety among youngsters generated by social networking sites. Most of it is unreal. So, we can say that they are somewhere entering the virtual world. This loss of contact with the real leads to a few psychiatric issues as well.

There is a loss of team spirit that can be experienced by the newcomers in their work culture. The aptitude of facing the tough and getting going seems to decrease.

As every coin has two faces, there are certain benefits too. A pool of information reaches the hands and brains of the needy. This has helped improve Man’s knowledge in various fields, and more importantly reduced the distance between us.
But, a balance of both sides is necessary for a healthy development of these fertile young minds.

Until next time.

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