An alarming trend is coming to light as psychologists and counselors see more and more young people addicted to the Internet and portable electronic devices.
Childrenâs dependency and addiction to electronics have been worrying child-development specialists for years. Evidence is mounting that heavy use of iPads for toddlers interferes with play and cognitive development. Young children cannot use such basic toys as building blocks because they have not developed the necessary motor skills.
âRising numbers of infants lack the motor skills needed to play with building blocks because of an âaddictionâ to tablet computers and smartphones, according to teachers,â reports a Telegraph article. âMany children aged just three or four can âswipe a screenâ but have little or no dexterity in their fingers after spending hours glued to iPads.â...
Yep! Oh the damage that can be done through such a little screen. Irreversible damage. But of course there is nothing new under the sun and as Unprofitable Servant said it is just a tool. The heart is the issue. But it does seem some tools make it easier to do some things. Anyways the comments here were great.
young people who would rather be in virtual reality than be in the sunshine. evil times these are, they will get their reality from a 4 by 6 screen, it will tell them what to think and do, and they will reject anyone not participating in their screen world. they will largely be illiterate and unable to spell or come up with an original thought. parents need to be teaching their children about tribulation because a price for not selling your soul will be there. it already is.
technology is not evil, it is just a tool. I can use a hammer for building or destroying, it is just a tool. There is nothing evil about technology. None of us would be posting here without it. The issue is always what comes out from the abundance of the heart. There is a reason the Bible states keep (garrison) your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life.
Thanks for the great testimony Jessica, I remember days like that growing up. hope you are holding up ok.
When I was a small child we found things to do even if we didn't have any toys around. I used to make mud pies; catch tadpoles, bugs, frogs, salamanders; make dandelion crowns, and played in the land of make believe with my imagination. The only phone we had was on a party-line and the whole neighbourhood was on the same line. We had three channels on our black & white TV and had to adjust 'the rabbit ears' to get the signal. I went to Sunday School not because I was from a Christian household, but because it gave my parents time to themselves. I did things like collect bottle caps, and took care of my toys because I learned if you break them, they are not going to be replaced. When I was home sick, I lay there with one hand held up for Jesus to hold.
On the other hand - what wonderful piece of tech - you have the King James Bible and Puritan literature at hand and knowledge there at your fingertips - need to keep things in perspective- and encourage parents to be strong and limit and police the use of pods/ pads-
Joe, I hope my original post, pointed out some of the problems, go back way before the iPad and smartphones. Many people spent a lot of time on the old fashioned landline telephones, and these were dumb phones. By the way, the article I had the URL for is quite good.
But, yes, 30-80 year-olds who don't turn off their smart phones off in church, have phones that are smarter than they are.
Pleas forgive the crosspost, even if it is only in part. But as I was posting on the Google Article, I realized a good part of what I wrote applies here. So, here it is:
We are now in a time where 40% of the population spends 80% of their time with their face in their phone. At work, on dates, at sporting events, at church. Every place, and every social construct had been affected. People in their 40s, and 50s are approaching the maturity level of what was a 14, or 15 yr old 40 yrs ago. As they play games, text, twit, and Facebook all day long, people have lost the ability to think for themselves, interact with their physical environment, and be responsible. Irresponsible marketing is largely to blame, as they purposely seek to get us addicted to the newest gadget. There is a place for much technology, but we have gone way beyond that. Of course social engineers never waste an opportunity to capitalize.
Keep iPads and TVs away from children? It could be a good idea.
Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen wrote: ...the home is not just a dorm and restaurant: It is the center of the childâs world, and it is the heart of the family. As such, it demands protection. Heart infections kill. Influences that are only offensive on the streets can be deadly in the den.