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Your Child’s Brain on Technology: Video Games

Posted: Fri, May 02, 2014 | By:

By Hank Pellissier

“Hi honeys, I’m home!”

You skip into your house after a brutal day at the office, greeting your offspring with a generous smile.

“I’m so happy to see everybody!”

Silence. No one looks at you. Everyone is hunched over, hypnotized by a gizmo.

Teen daughter Tabitha is texting furiously. Tommy, your tween, is blasting video game bad guys. Five-year-old Theresa stares rapturously at an episode of Annoying Orange, a YouTube video on the gleaming screen.

“I’ve lost my kids! They’re brainwashed by mind-gobbling gadgets!”

You sit down. Take a deep breath. To relax, you scroll through Facebook and catch up on your email. Meekly, you join the other mesmerized zombies…

All wired now

We’re all wired now, incessantly interacting with our digital doodads. You don’t worry about your own habits because you’re a grown-up, but you do fret, enormously, about the possibility of your kids contracting wicked side effects. When you were a youngster today’s devices were barely imagined. Today, kids spend seven hours a day, on average, on some sort of electronic device, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and 97 percent of teens ages 12 to 17 play digital games.

Our kids are awash in technology 24/7 – should we worry about the effects on their developing brains?

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