Heavy Media Use Creates Behavior Problems And Lower Grades

Thursday, January 21, 2010, AM | Leave Comment

We all know that online media is extremely important to the young between, let’s say, 8 and 18 years of age. Facebook, Twitter, Texting are probably three of the most used tools and utilities used by this group. Some have even deprived themselves from a good night sleep of at least 8 hours.

My 23-year old son spends his wake-up hours texting, surfing online, talking on his smart phone, watching TV. He lives with us but goes out of his way to make sure he spends less time with us. He is awake all night, goes to bed after 3:00 in the morning and sleeps till mid afternoon except the day when he has a class or in summer when he works.

This happens during college semester. Between semesters, God knows what he does. He works from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM. In my opinion, that’s the only productive time he spends in 24 hours.

Is this typical of his generation? I know he is 20. He is an adult but says he just crossed the boundary of 18. He says he is still entitled to be considered under 18 and shows it with his behavior. A new survey is out by Kaiser Family Foundation titled “Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Old.”

The survey shows that the average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device. New York Times reported a while back that texting is done while the teacher is taking class. And the survey says above “except for the time in school.” That part is contradictory to what was mentioned in the Times article.

Moral of the story
The survey shows that time spent on smart devices has gone up considerably. The more intelligent the devices become, the less intelligent and dumber the students become.

O Ye! Students of the world

Don’t use technology as a distraction to what you could be doing many great things with it. Wake up and smell the roses. You will be leaders of your respective countries one day.

Remember:

Think of ways to use technology as a great tool for the betterment of mankind. Do something constructive with technology. Don’t waste away your life with it. Use technology as a great tool not as a distraction.

Any technology becomes obsolete one day. Don’t let your little gray cells – commonly know as your brain – become obsolete with it.

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