The Issue Of Overusing Technology

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William Pittman
College Comp-Han
10/26/14
Is Technology Using Us?
Studies from many different sources show that the issue of overusing technology is plaguing the youth in America. In Tara Parker-Pope’s writing “The Ugly Toll of Technology” regarding the overuse of technology, she speaks about how technology has caused humans to be impatient and forgetful. In Tamar Lewin’s article “If Your Kids Are Awake, They’re Probably Online” regarding the use of technology in children, she writes about how much children rely on their devices daily. These articles pushed me to believe that parents should limit their children’s time spent using technology on a daily basis. Tamar Lewin provides statistics that show how the overuse of technology yields a heap of detrimental effects on kids. The advancements in mobile technology have planted a seed in some peoples mind that force them to believe that they would be bored without their electronics because they are so quick and easy to use. Kids are becoming so enveloped in the use of their electronics that it begins to take a toll on their learning capabilities, development, and grades.

In Tamar Lewin’s article, she mentions studies conducted by The Kaiser Family Foundation that conjured up facts about the use of electronic devices in young American’s lives. It showed that young Americans spend almost every second of their days on their electronic devices. Their results revealed frightening evidence; “Those ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day with such devices, compared with less than six and a half hours five years ago, when the study was last conducted. And that does not count the hour and a half that youths spend texting, or the half-hour they talk on their cellphones.”(Lewin) Also, in Lewin’s writing, she presented the words of a young boy named Francisco Sepulveda, who said he felt his days would be boring without using his cell phone. Sepulveda is a prime example of a victim of technology...
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