Too much exposure to tablet and smartphones may affect your child’s development, experts say
Video games may actually be good for children as it helps stimulate the brain in ways books and physical activities may not. However, too much screen time may have serious health side effects, according to experts.
Facebook, iPhone executives admitting disturbing side-effects of their own platform, says a lot about how technology can be bad for health.
1. Your brain may shrink
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics agree that children from 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology at all. Adult coaching is needed to develop a child’s cognitive skills, and gadgets are not a big help.
Stimulation to a developing brain caused by overexposure to electronic devices (cell phone, computer, iPad, TV) is associated with executive functioning.
Overstimulation can cause attention deficit, cognitive delays, impaired learning, increased impulsivity, and decreased ability to self-regulate, e.g., tantrums. [Small 2008, Pagini 2010]
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2. It can contribute to early blindness
There have been reports of early and temporary blindness due to long-term exposure to smartphone use in the dark. More kids today wear prescription glasses compared to twenty years ago. [Associated Press]
Continuous exposure to blue light emitted by gadgets can damage the eyes. A study at the University of Toronto observed that the eye’s cornea and lens could not block or reflect this light,, and it gets absorbed deep in the eye.
Intense exposure to light, such as flash, may have the same effect when you are frequently exposed to fast-moving video games, emitting the ‘blue light.’ Some sources, such as NATO and the U.S. Department of Defense, stated that “flash blindness” can be temporary or permanent.
It’s still debatable whether the light being emitted from these gadgets poses a threat. The first tablet appeared in 2010. We still have a few more years to find out its ramifications.
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3. Gamers died while playing video games
- In 2017 alone, nearly twenty people have died while playing online computer video games. Two people died while playing Nintendo Wii, X-box video console. They were playing at least 2-days in a row, barely eating and standing.
- 2018, 24 years old young man did a “live-stream mass shooting” at a Madden NFL tournament eSports. After losing a series of matches, he took the defeat heavily, returned, and shot people, including himself.
- 2019, a Thai teenager was found dead after a marathon video game session lasting several nights.
- 2020, 12 years old boy in Egypt died after playing the ‘Battlegrounds’ video game for hours.
- 2021, a 16-year-old boy in India collapses after playing for hours.
Video Game addiction (VGA) cause
Most of the gamers died because of Pulmonary Embolism. This can occur when you sit in the same position for extended periods of time, causing a blood clot in the leg vein (Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT).
These gamers mostly played Halo, Warcraft, Starcraft, War of Tanks, Diablo, Ingress, League of Legends, and the infamous DOTA.
These games are filled with blood and gore, transported into an alternate world. The demonic influence is glaring. Avoid it. Click here – What video games to avoid.
Are you struggling with video addiction?
Addiction takes many forms—you won’t know you are addicted until something happens. It affects not only studies but destroys family relationships. If you are your child is heavily engrossed, ask God for wisdom and pray for deliverance.