Do you know that recent studies report that there is a huge rate of mental illnesses associated with over use of technology, particularly the use of internet and gaming??
Other reports say spending more than 5 hours a day in front of the computer screen causes lack of sleep, lowers a person’s ability to interact with others as opposed to interaction in social media. While we thought that social media can be healthy, it can otherwise lower a child’s self esteem.
How many reports of suicidal attempts and deaths are related to internet bullying? How many workers have lost their jobs due to loss incompetency in workplace brought about by too much use of technology in the office?
There could be too many. Gauge your child, is he or she been spending more than 4 hours a day in front of the computer? Is she more involved in computer games, tv programs and less of outdoor games? Does she introduce friends to you or bring home friends from school?
Related: Is your child showing signs of suicidal tendencies? Is your child depressed and showing signs of aggression? Have you talked to a professional? It’s not too late, many healthcare facilities offers chronic care management. You don’t have to go through this alone.
Often times, children develops low self esteem and creates her/his own world in front of the computer which is not healthy. Your child’s ability to make real friends have tightened and may have difficulty making friends at all.
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Why blame the computer or social media?
More time spent in front of the computer and social media suggests that children are in at risk of developing lower self-esteem, lower feelings of social acceptance, and feeling of loneliness and communication problems in the real world.
While not all children have the same result in engaging in such activities, this worst scenarios are directly associated with children coming from broken families or those who have already been bullied. There are many factors affecting a child’s mental ability to cope up with society. It could be unfair to put all the blame to technology and perhaps the real blame should be pointed at their environment.