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Table of Contents Table of Contents........................................................................................................................................2 Teenagers: A Day Without Technology........................................................................................................3 Isolation...................................................................................................................................................5 Children: Future Uncertain..........................................................................................................................7 Violence...................................................................................................................................................8

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Obesity...................................................................................................................................................11


Teenagers: A Day Without Technology How technology has affected this age group most of all spectrum. This fact is

one’s self, it basically

truth of

widely known, but despite

makes the teenager

technology is

all this, teenagers will

develop the idea that

that the negatives outweigh

rather take the easy way

technology will always be

the positives. Sure, you can

out in order to get that easy

there and have the

just “Google” the answer

A. In their minds, there are

answers, when in fact, it

to many of your lingering

more important troubles in

does not. Besides never

questions; whether they

their lives to deal with:

experiencing a day when

may be academic or

social networking,

technology did not exist

anything else, but the fact

television,

around them, their attitudes

of the matter is you learn

computers/internet, video

towards that type of world

nothing in the end. Getting

games, and the infamous

are incoherent and

the answer and

cellphones.

misinformed. While these

understanding why and how you got it are at two different ends of the

This mindset not only hinders thinking for

thoughts are running through their minds, many of these teenagers’ parents struggle to catch up to the status quo of March 31, 2012

T

he underlying


technology-know-how in this new and everchanging society. How does this ignorance develop among these young adults? It all undoubtedly stems from the aforementioned fact that many of them have never lived a day when technology was not around them.

only hinders thinking for one’s self, it basically

certainly increases proficiency, but it also leaves many of them to become vulnerable to develop a sedentary

makes the

lifestyle, which will only

teenager develop

lead to judgment through

the idea that technology will always be there and have the answers, when in fact, it does not.

many forms of today’s media. Cyber bullying Cyberbullying has been on the rise and has gained international awareness ever since

Despite great

Megan Meier’s death

argument to this statement,

occurred in 2006. The

technology affects

tragic event was caused

teenagers the most; it

when Megan received

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This mindset not


many hateful remarks

will go unnoticed.

technologies might

through a social network,

Cyberbullying

actually be used for

MySpace, from a teenage

undoubetdly inflicts mental

purposes other than

boy, who later turned out

anguish on the victim and

entertainment ones, but

to not exist, but was their

can cause the most harm to

only a very small

next-door neighbor who

a teenager as insecurity

percentage.

within them rises and rises until they cannot deal with it

addiction develops

Isolation

among these teens

This

and they, without

current generation

realizing it, spend

is starting to

most of their day

since they have become fully

point that she hanged herself on October 17, 2006. Cyberbullying has increased in its awareness and its practice and as a result, Anti-Cyberbullying laws have been enacted in order to prevent and prosecute many certain individuals who believe that this type of harrasment

infatuated with the idea of technology: online

using various combinations of these “distracting technologies.”

shopping, the use of social networks, online gaming,

This increases

computers, cellphones, and

awareness that our present

television. With so many

generation will become a

things to do, an addiction

solitary one that shuts itself

develops among these

off from all other aspects

teens and they, without

of society and will

realizing it, spend most of

undoubtedly increase

their day using various

efficiency, but at the cost

combinations of these

of hindering everything

“distracting technologies.”

else. Education is the

These types of

aspect in a teenager’s life

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impressionable girl to the

things to do, an

any longer.

become solitary

was tormenting the

With so many


that is the first to be

they

effected by the obsession and fixation on technology. Grades drop, attention and interest drops, and complete understading of the subject at hand is virtually nonexistent. This is why these “distracting technologies� will make teenagers take technology for granted since they will not think without turning to technology for a helping hand. Americans have become more socially isolated, the size of their discussion networks has declined and the diversity

discuss important matters

daily routine, but it is the

has decreased. Americans

fact for heavy users of

have fewer close ties to

technology, since they do

those from their

not care for face-to-face

neighborhoods and from

interactions with members

voluntary associations and

of their discussion

the rise of cellphones and

networks. Some fear that

the internet caused this.

internet activities in the

This is not the case with

home may substitute for

individuals who use little

participation in neighborhood and public spaces. Time spent online may replace time that would otherwise be spent socializing with ties and in As a result of this, a sedentary lifestyle develops within teeenagers as they ignore all other social responsibilities and

of those people with whom

or no technology in their

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places outside the home.


stay home as they will not

isolation, as a result of the

public places to enjoy the

go a mintute without being

introduction of technology

outdoors for all its

satisfied in their

in the lives of teenagers, is

wonders. This will all, in

entertainment needs.

moderation to some

turn, make for a better and

degree. Social networks

stronger adult generation

could be used for certain

that will be fully involved

hours of the day and be

within their society.

The action that needs to be taken to combat the ever-incresaing

replaced with going to

Children: Future Uncertain How these young members of society and their relationship with technology is one of total dependence

T

oday’s children are growing up in a rapidly

far different from that of their parents and grandparents. A variety of technologies are all around us in our homes, offices, and schools. When used wisely, technology and media can support learning and relationships. Enjoyable and engaging

shared experiences that

infancy and during school,

optimize the potential for

is masked by how many of

children’s learning and

them spend long hours of

development can support

the day watching mindless

children’s relationships

television programs that is

both with adults and their

no benefit to anyone, but

peers. This great chance to

the producers and

redefine how children

television networks who

learn new things, during

air them.

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changing digital age that is


The explosion in technological options available to children and adolescents over the past few years is truly

They have quickly

only has media content

come to depend on

changed, but children's

the efficiency and portability of most

significant. Many of them,

devices and are

are exposed to technology

often more

for the very first time

access to it has changed quickly too, and important questions have arisen almost as fast. Violence How do all of

through the television set

these developments in

around the age of infancy.

technology affect

A large proportion of older

children? A

children know how to use

sedentary

cell phones. They

lifestyle

communicate with their friends via e-mail and use

undeniably

many of the social

develops

networks available to them. They enjoy DVD and MP3 players and do much of their homework on computers. They have quickly come to depend on the efficiency and

knowledgeable

within

about them than their parents and

these young

completely at ease in their use.

portability of most devices knowledgeable about them than their parents and completely at ease in their use.

New technological developments can influence the impact of the media on children and adolescents in both direct and indirect ways. Not

members of society as they would rather watch their favorite cartoon than go outside and paly with their siblings and others around them. What influences do technological advances

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and are often more


have on children's

are being diminished to

available, is cause for

developmental processes?

very low numbers and the

concern, to children and

Children will end up

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adolescents. The ways in

developing in a world

System seems to be the

which they use those

where violence and

only television network

options; how technology is

entertaiment are one in the

that seeks to entertain and

used for informational

same as no form of media

educate our children. What

purposes and for

will be able to survive

effect do the new

entertainment; and what

without it since

technologies have on

impact their choices have

viciousness sells among

families? As a whole, it

on their developing

viewers. How has the

blinds them into believing

knowledge, attitudes, and

nature of the information

that there is no such thing

behavior is something that

to which they are exposed

as a bad children’s show

needs to be discussed and

actually changed? Many of

and that too much time

brought into the light in

the eduactional programs

watching television can

order to show parents that

that once existed in order

have negative effects.

children’s early exposure

minds even before they started attending school,

The range of technological options and the varied content now

and introduction to technology; video games, television, computers, cell phones, social networks, can cause them to develop aggressive behaviors as a result of their exposure to large amounts of violence through these types of media.

What effect do the new technologies have on families? As a whole, it

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to develop their young


blinds them into believing that there is no such thing as a bad

behaviors, such as smoking

when compared to the

and drinking, and also

ideals of their parents and

reinforce gender-role and

the idea that violence is a

racial stereotypes. The

bad practice.

violent acts seen through

The violent

children’s show

the television set are

and that too much

numerous and cause

acts seen through

time watching

children to become

the television set

desensitized to violence

are numerous and

television can have negative effects. Other negative effects develop through the prolongued viewing of television: children who consistently spend more than 4 hours per day watching TV are more likely to be overweight,

and more aggressive and makes them believe that violence is an acceptable

cause children to become

way to solve problems. TV

desensitized to

violence sometimes begs

violence and more

for imitation because

aggressive and

violence is often promoted

makes them

as a fun and effective way to get what you want. This is a total step to the left

believe that violence is an

kids who view violent acts are more likely to aggressive behavior, and TV characters often depict risky

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show


acceptable way to

franchises endorse the idea

solve problems.

of violence to its fullest

Obesity Health experts have

extent. Violence can never

long linked excessive TV-

be fully avoided within

watching to obesity since

that violent media content

society and children are the

children, while watching

contributes to violence in

most impressionable

TV, they are inactive and

society are supported by

members within it. The

tend to snack. They are

reports of criminals' media

only solution to this

also bombarded with ads

use, naive beliefs in the

problem would be for

that encourage them to eat

connections between crime

parents to become more

unhealthy foods like potato

rates and media violence,

involved in what their

chips and soft drinks that

media reports of “copycat”

children can and cannot

often become preferred

crimes, and the publicized

watch, can and cannot play

snack foods. Children who

reports of some highly

and start going outside to

watch 4 hours of television

visible research. Video

show them that there is a

a day will suffer more

games play a great role in

life outside the television

indirect effects than those

these “copycat” crimes as

set.

who watch only 2 hours,

games like “Grand Theft

regardless of what content

Auto” and “Call of Duty”

they watch. Watching television may lead to

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Public convictions


serious, long-term consequences both for individuals and for societies, especially to the extent that this behavior is primarily sedentary and prevents time spent outdoors. As a result, heavy television viewing has been linked to such consequences as obesity and lack of physical fitness. Knowing when enough is enough is the first step that needs to be taken by children and their parents in order to prevent a sedentary lifestyle to fully develop and make them realize that prolongued hours of television can have serious effects on the physical and

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mental level.

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