New Technologies, What’s The Big Dif?

Posted: January 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

“We’re still learning on a day-to-day basis what that impact is.”

Among toddlers, spending a lot of time staring at screens is linked with poorer performance on developmental screening tests later in childhood, according to a new study.

The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, found a direct association between screen time at ages 2 and 3 and development at 3 and 5.
Development includes growth in communication, motor skills, problem-solving and personal social skills, based on a screening tool called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. Signs of such development can be seen in behaviors like being able to stack a small block or toy on top of another one.

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  1. Kenzie Crowley says:

    I think it’s very interesting to consider the fact that technology and specifically digital screens could be harmful to our health. There isn’t a long term study on the effects of screen time on eyes or developmental capacities. We already know that the blue light emitted from screens is harmful to the natural circadian rhythm of our sleep schedules. What else could be harmful? It is an interesting thought and one that isn’t thought about enough.

    • Well, a mounting body of evidence also suggests that sleep hygiene, linked to circadian rhythms is of tremendous importance. Nevertheless, most persons, along with most schools, corporations, and hospitals, continue to act as if everything depended on getting as little sleep as possible. Indeed, a very large segment of the population takes great pride in boasting about how little sleep they get. Nobody who has been sleep deprived can doubt for a second that any of this is good for us, and yet that knowledge has done nothing to modify most persons’ behavior. To put it quite simply and directly, this may very well be because our choices are determined by the values, and even more so the habits, of our society. It strikes me that the reason this situation, and similar ones, are not likely to change, is because we continue to believe that problems are created and best solved on an individual and not a collective basis.

      Many students will balk at Greenberg’s arguments, wondering where he gets off telling an entire society what art it should and should not like. We should all be left alone, these persons will say, to decide as free individuals what does and doesn’t appeal to us. The result of this attitude, however, is hardly as society burgeoning with diversity, but rather one marked by ever more redundancy, and society all but entirely devoid of judgment.

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