Smartphones have found a place in virtually every household, also since Generation Z enters into adulthood, researchers have discovered some long-term effects of technology on childhood growth.
As technology continues to dominate our culture, smartphones have become a child’s companion.
An article from PsychCentral says that 56% of kids between the ages of 10 and 13 possess a smartphone.
“It must come as no surprise that both tablets and smartphones have replaced basketballs and baby dolls on a kid’s wish list,” PsychCentral reports.
As both kids and parents are spending an increasing number of time supporting displays, smartphones appear to be an escape from the pressures of life.
Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Arlie Tagayuna said that handing smartphones to children works as simple gratification.
“We are giving the concept that, if there’s any stress or problem, technology is the solution,” Tagayuna said.
Tagayuna clarified that, when kids are given telephones as a distraction, this reduces the amount of personal interaction they get, which does not allow them to learn how to cope in healthy ways.
The PsychCentral article went on to say that the normal man checks their phone 150 times each day, overlooking 150 potential face-to-face connections.
Tagayuna also added that smartphone use is like a drug and stimulates the same form of brain activity as drug consumption, meaning this matter is self-perpetuating.
Further, the report goes on to explain Jean Piaget’s theory of how children learn, used by modern-day teachers to compare how learning differs because of smartphone usage.
Piaget’s theory argues that kids need to experience the world around them to accommodate new ideas.
Researchers argue that, if we create an electronic barrier to the understanding of the planet, we’ll interfere with children’s development.
Jeffrey Sargent, chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, said that pleasure is not seen at a device but during connections, and when parents are giving phones in place of superior time, the parenting aspect will be lost.
Sargent explained that children’s increasing use of cell phones may impede their feeling of self.
“The usage of smartphones will have an influence on the maturation of self-concept since itself develops into a social world,” Sargent said.