It is undeniable; technology is omnipresent in our lives, and it is only becoming more prominent, and more advanced. Many of us remember the early age of internet and personal computers. Interconnectedness and technology was a luxury, rather than a necessity. The days of dial-up, landlines, and VHS tapes were once considered the cutting edge. The advent of home movie recording was groundbreaking and revolutionary.
Thanks to Moore’s Law, we have come a long way since then. We carry mobile devices of processing power unimaginable 20 years ago. Graphical fidelity increases exponentially as manufacturing techniques are continually refined and innovated. Now, over 91% of US adults own a cellphone, and PC ownership is even more pronounced, with nearly one per person.
With such prevalence, it is little surprise that electronic media has become ingrained in youth culture, both in America and abroad. Children are spending less time outdoors, and more in front of a screen. This time ranges in scale from 1-2 hours a day, to in excess of 8. For comparison, the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that “screen time” is limited to two hours a day for children ages 3-18. The issue of technology addiction is a very real one.
We explore two large subsections of this addiction.