If Kids Are Awake, They’re Online

An article by Tamar Lewin published in the January 20 edition of The New York Times addresses a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.  The study’s findings were astounding:  the average young American now spends practically every waking minute – except for the time in school – using a smart phone, computer, televsion or other electronic device.  Those ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day with such devices.

Is this constant online connectivity good or bad for youth? Read the article and make a comment.


3 Responses to “If Kids Are Awake, They’re Online”

  1. Tuhin Says:

    I also think the over-use of various electronic and media devices by the young American’s is a matter of great concern. Though its a reality in this age of information technology, there should be some control imposed on the young people by their parents on using these devices. This “Google” generation is lagging far behind in important aspects like social integration, excercising humane and inner feelings, physical fitness, enjoying nature, developing meaningful human relationship and so on just because they are glued on to smart phones, internet , ipods and television for the most part of the day. Therefore, i believe its time to think about it and find a way out to create a proper balance between the time the young people spend indoors in front of a machine and outdoors in the lap of Nature.

  2. Muskaan Says:

    Oh gosh………….I was shocked in first days of school. I thought it is a part of their culture to have headphones and lesson to music all the time, and also texting. Although using of cell phone are developed in my country too but not as much as here. I felt something missing so then I bought an mp3 and now I am also lessening to music in bus, in gym and in everywhere.

  3. jinsu sim Says:

    Electronic devices are not good to children’s mental health. Parents should take attention to children’s behavior so prohibit children from overuse of electronic devices.

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