Being the 21st century, prolonged time on phones and computers is considered normal and for some, it’s a profession, but what about children. At an age where development of the brain in a healthy way should be a priority, is it really appropriate to allow these young humans to spend their time in front of a screen just to save a little parenting hassle of being entertaining?
Not only does prolonged use of devices with screens cause health problems such as back and neck pains, blurred vision and headaches for individuals. But as we age naturally our cortex – the part in the brain responsible processing information – gets smaller as we mature more and more, but for young children who use phones so early on in life for an extended period of time, their cortex doesn’t work the same as a child without so much screen time.
In theory, by parents trying to save themselves from a disruptive child who needs attention by putting a screen in front of their eyes. You may just be causing problems later on in the future for that child’s ability to learn and in turn, will become a problem for many more years.