Technology: Destroying Our Younger Generation’s Health and Social Skills Carla Gray
Ivy Tech Community College
Technology: Destroying Our Younger Generation’s Health and Social Skills According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “An estimated 12.5 million children between the ages of 2 to 19 are obese” (Loop, 2013). This young generation’s obesity and their social skills has become a major issue in the United States. With the variety of technologies and all of its advancements, technology the main cause of obesity and poor social skills. It is common for this younger generation these days to own a cell phone, have a TV in their room, a computer, and a video game console. If no action is taken to get this younger generation up and moving and playing outdoors then the number of obese children with poor social skills. The older generation used to go outside, and play from sun up to sun down. Also, the older generation used to run, bike ride, and play hide and seek, along with all kinds of fun sports to stay active. Years ago it was unheard of that a child or a teen would even have a television in their bedroom. In the 70s and through most of the 80s, the game systems in people’s homes was a game called “Pong” or a game system called “Atari,” and it was kept in the living room, and the chances are it would collect dust between uses. Being allowed to even play a video games was a great privilege, and it only lasted an hour in most homes. Technology has even affected other healthy childhood activities. The younger generation now depends on technology for the majority of their play, limiting the challenges to their creativity and imaginations, as well as limiting the necessary challenges to their ...