Nature Valley launched an advertising campaign in early July which showed a huge difference between the generations alive today.
They asked three generations of the same question: “When you were little, what did you do for fun?”
From grandparents and parents have heard answers like berry-picking, growing watermelons, play baseball, and build palaces.
Children’s reactions to the same question with video games, texting, sending emails, and watching videos. Nature Valley did not stop there, though. They spread the gap even more when the kids ask how long each day they spent their electronics. They said at least 3 to 5 hours everyday and one girl aged around 6 said “die” without table its tagline of the following:. “Nature has always been part of the youth”
Technology was introduced in Generation X and Y and Z generations grew up not remember a time without a certain technology. The technological revolution that came with the first computers mac to cell phones to smartphones all happened within a short span of 42 years. Still, when it seems that technology is changing the habits and lifestyles of future generations. It is a scary thought to think that so many years before this revolution, generations grew up in the wild and sent this tradition down, still less than the lifetime of the average person, this is a healthy and natural way to be virtually gone out of the window (quite literally).
The Greatest Generation, Silentina, Baby Boomers and Generation X are the only generations alive today who remember a world without computers and cell phones. They are the ones who spent the majority of their childhood there and do not have all the conveniences of life as we have them today (some of the greatest generation grew up without electricity, refrigerators, or air conditioning). In 1950 the obesity rate by 9%, and 50 years later, after the technology revolution, the rate tripled in 33% and in 2006, not one state reported obesity rates below 10%. An estimated 1 in 3 children are overweight in the United States today. Is this just a coincidence that as soon as the generations who start becoming dependent on technology, obesity rates skyrocketed? Although there are other factors to obesity than exercise (diet is also a huge factor), it seems like children who spend up to five hours a day playing video games or texting on their cell phones are not to prioritize time outside the house. Today, the typical child spends an average 30 minutes outside per day.
Be there has been proven to be beneficial for the body, mind and spirit children. Along with the practice build a strong body, being outside in the sun D provides essential vitamins, which helps protect against future health with heart disease, bone problems, diabetes and more. It can also be said to be outside can improve distance vision and prevent nearsightedness (which is also a common issue today). Some studies have found that being environmental settings can much improve symptoms of ADHD, but there-style education can increase test scores and critical thinking skills. Another study shows that children reduce stress immediately when they see nature and playtime outside reduces anxiety coming from the fast-paced, 24/7 world that technology provides.
Not only does the technology steal most of the time children spend in nature, but there are few studies today show other negative consequences constantly use electronic devices.
Addiction some types of technology are real diseases. One boy, about 6 years old, said that sometimes he forgets that he has a family – parents, sister, a dog – because he is so immersed in a real life video game his. Nomophobia – the fear of being separated from your mobile phone – is also a real word that many believe everyday. Addiction technology, like addiction to anything, it is considered a psychological disorder that can be treated. Addiction video games, for example, is treated as “impulsive control disorder” along the same lines and compulsive gambling. Along with any addiction disorders such as depression and anxiety, addictions technology also inhibits social development.
Even more alarming studies today have argued that certain technologies, such as mobile phones, can physically harm the body over time. Mobile phones, but turned on, emit invisible electromagnetic radiation absorbed by the body. There has been much talk about a vast array of health effects of mobile radiation over the years including cancer, infertility, autism, learning disabilities, depression, hormonal imbalances, and more.
Now in the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a regulation of the heat effect (SAR) of mobile phone radiation allowed to sell mobile phones in the market. Today, operators are tested SAR is their puppet designed by 220 pounds (100 kg), 6’2 “(1.88) adult, clearly, this model does not work well for children who may be a quarter of that. Size or less really Om Gandhi, professor at the University of Utah, children absorb 10 times the amount of radiation that adults absorb. Although the health effects related to cell phone radiation has not been proven yet, it can ‘t be good to have the baby constantly absorbing high levels of electromagnetic radiation that is able to have this effect.
None of this is to say that you should unplug yourself or your children from the technology entirely – some of it works as a necessity in our society today. Without a computer and mobile phone, almost all companies would not be able to function. The important thing to take away from this information is to be careful and healthy on accessing technology. Limit time in electronic devices, making time to spend with your family there, and remember that we are just human beings, not robots controlled by technology, is important to lead a healthy life for you today future generations.