Lifestyle - Gadgets | 6-18 yrs

Is Technology Making Kids Lazy?

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“A CD. How quaint. We have these in museums.”

Eoin Colfer, The Eternity Code

There is no doubt that technology is making life easier for all of us. But has it also made our children lazy?

Children today are growing up in a world that is becoming increasingly dependent on gadgets to accomplish most of the daily tasks. According to an article in lifehack.org, “You start looking around at your PS3 and laptop, then realise you can have just as much fun staying in the house. To make things worse, Nintendo and Microsoft had to go ahead and release the Wii and Kinect (respectively). Thanks to these two addictive gadgets, you can go bowling, play tennis, or participate in the Olympic Games in your living room.”

Today, children prefer playing video games for entertainment sitting in their rooms instead of stepping outside the house to go for a run or cycle with friends. They hardly feel the need to take a walk to the library in search of information, as the Internet provides them with all the answers. Instead of meeting and playing with friends on the playground, children now engage in video chat from the comfort of their rooms.

These changes in children’s lifestyle show that technology has created means to substitute the real with the virtual. The advances in technology has changed the way children engage, research, experience and reflect in their everyday lives. So, is technology-dependence making children less willing to engage in physical activity?

An article in livestrong.com says, “An increase in exposure to technology goes hand in hand with a decrease in physical activity. As children spend more time sitting in front of the TV or computer, they spend less time outside running around and burning off calories -- and energy. Over time, combined with an increase in snacking, this can lead to significant weight gain.”

Keeping children away from technology is not practicable, but giving some time off of technology is possible.

For more on the impact of technology on children, you can read the articles in this ClipBook.

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