Inspired by dalmirakulmaganbetova‘s post about internetization and computerization, I have decided to raise the issue of youngster’s health problems caused by these technologies.
Recently I have read an article (I couldn’t find it! Sorry!) where scientists alarmed about a new disease of our era caused by digital devices such as computers, tablet PCs, smart phones, i-phones, i-pats, etc. The assertion was made on the result of a recent research based on medical tests which confirmed that young generation’s health problems were the result of passive way of life: sitting in front of the computer and wasting time watching TV-shows.
Psychologists reported that analyses proved their worries about emotional instabilities and mental disorders of the patients (almost all of them were teenagers) that led them to greater levels of obesity, diabetes and other health issues. Consequently, people became unsocialized and addicted to the virtual world (this was also mentioned by dalmirakulmaganbetova) that isolated them from the reality.
Psychotherapists suggested parents to be stricter in controlling their children. One of the solutions was to limit the time a child spent in Web. However, the experts pointed out that it would be impossible to prison them (children) completely.
Another negative fact is that most of individuals are visuals (have visual way of thinking), and thanks to this, the spheres of digital entertainment became profitable. Recognizing the thread, the governments in different countries endorsed an agreement with some broadcast companies and Internet providers. After these actions, a number of programmes and sites were under a ban and a restriction for general access. Nowadays a special commission keeps a watchful eye in controlling this process (which is not actually bad…).
In conclusion I would say that scientists are right. We have to save our children from a future disaster. Psychotherapists tried to uphold alternative methods acceptable in serious cases (such as gadgetomania, SMSmania, Mexican Syndrome, etc). In my opinion, a lot of the work have already been done. What we can do now is to follow their (specialists’) suggestions and take part in youngsters’ lives to fill the emptiness in their hearts. May be in this way, they will have no time for computer games…