Technology has significantly and rapidly changed our way of life in the last three decades or so. From the way we do our work, socialize, entertain, communicate and other things around us. Today, your personal computer, Smartphone, tablet and the internet among other more advanced technologies are part of our daily lives. And for some people, they can’t do without them. Our kids have also become part of this technology wave. And even a 3-year-old can comfortably operate a mobile phone, play video games and use technology in many ways. Technology plays a big role in how children learn. As well as interact with their friends and entertain themselves. Being exposed to technology and incorporating modern state of art in learning has its benefits and its downside. But does technology really make kids less smart?
Technology as a Necessary Evil
Technology has come to make things easier for us, but it does not do everything for us. When kids are exposed to technology without any parental control, they can become addictive to it and make them a slave rather than use the technology to their advantage. Though technology has had many positive impacts on education, it has as many negative effects on children’s growth and development both mentally and physically. Many people argue that kids today, who have been branded as digital natives, are brighter than the previous generations, but research shows that technology is making kids in the digital error less intelligent than kids brought up in the 1990s.
Technology and Intelligence
Intelligence in this context refers to the capacity to think, reason, reflect and make decision-based on knowledge, insights and experiences. It is this aspect of human beings that makes us civilized, innovative and creative. Research on effects of technology in kids has shown that it limits their capacity to innovate new solutions to problems they encounter.
For instance, in previous generations, an 8 or 9-year-old kid in the UK would memorise the Time Table, but in the digital error kids only need a calculator. This simplifies life for them but at the same time, it denies children an opportunity to store more information. Also before the digital error, kids had to learn different skills so as to do various tasks like writing, drawing and other physical exercises, but with technology, today kids can paint and type perfectly without having to go through the art of a pen and a paper. This makes children think that they got a particular skill while in the real sense they don’t.
Technology is a time consumer
Technology has also occupied the biggest percentage of our kid’s time. Unlike before when children would play with real friends, today when a child gets bored, it only thinks of a video game or virtual online friends. All kids can think of is their tablet or a game they have been playing even when they are not using the gadget. Apart from making them less sociable, it also reduces the quality of sleep. This, in turn, limits the development of the brain in our kids. It is clear that the digital generation kids are having trouble with language and communication with people as well as affecting how they respond to changes in their environment.
However, it is hard in this era for kids to learn and grow without technology, but there should be controls that allow kids to think and come up with real-life solutions to problems away from the digital world. This will ensure that we will have the right brains to even further technology to higher levels.