Educational Technology

August 20, 2011

Mental Health Matters: How technology can affect your mental health

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by the Michigan Morning Sun

Technology is changing every facet of our lives, so rapidly that it can be difficult to adjust to it. How is technology affecting our mental health? And, perhaps more importantly, do we care enough about the possible negative effects, particularly on the development of children, to make any needed changes? Children and teens, ages 8-18, are spending nearly 11 hours in a typical day using media, including 4 1/2 hours watching TV, 2 1/2 hours listening to music, and 1 1/2 hours on the computer. In addition, cell phones are taking up 2 1/2 hours of their day, nearly 2 hours texting and over 1/2 hour talking. Although during some of this time these individuals are multitasking (using more than one device at a time), by comparison, less than one hour each day is being spent socializing in person by people 15 years old and older.

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