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Negative effects of technology on society

  1. Introduction
  2. Today's youth and exercise
  3. Study performed by the National Institute on Media and the Family
  4. SL Gortmacher's article entitled Television viewing as a cause of increasing obesity among children in the United States
  5. Television and video games
  6. The oil tanker Exxon Valdez
  7. Conclusion
  8. Works cited

Although technology can be very helpful, as it helps our society advance, there are some damaging side effects. Technology is advancing computers, phones, transportation, medical studies, and many other things, but it also has negative effects.

Technology is socially damaging because it is encouraging present generations to be lazier, and remain indoors, playing video games and watching television, instead of going outside or getting exercise. Television takes away time that children could spend engaged in meaningful activities, and reveals violent acts to people. Modern technology and its uses are also helping to damage the environment.Today’s youth get less exercise than the children of past generations. With television, advanced computers, and high-tech cellular phones, many children find that sitting at home playing video games is more appealing than playing sports or running around outside. Not surprisingly, Americans are more overweight than ever, and it is certainly showing in children. One in three children is considered overweight or obese, and this results from a lack of exercise. Activities that generally provide kids with exercise are no longer enthusiastically participated in, as television and video games are the main sources of entertainment for children today. According to a study by the University of Michigan, a television is on for six hours and 47 minutes per day in the home of the average American, and the average person views over four hours of television per day. And it is not like the old days, where families would crowd around their single television which received a few channels. Today, TV is much more accessible.

Tags: Effect of technology on society, Negative effect of technology on people, Negative effect of technology on culture, Technology's negative effects, Effects of technology

[...] Another study, performed by the National Institute on Media and the Family found that children in America aged 8 to 18 watch 44.5 hours of television per week, which is more time than a full time job would require them to work. This same study found that 30.3 percent of children between the ages 6 and 11 of are overweight and 15.3 percent are obese (mediafamily.org). A study performed by researchers at the Center for Disease Control, the National Cancer Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Buffalo is recorded in an article written by doctors Carlos Crespo, Ellen Smitt, Richard Troiano, Susan Bartlett, Caroline Macera, and Ross Anderson, entitled Television Watching, Energy Intake, and Obesity in Children. [...]


[...] Kaiser Family Foundation (2005, March). Generation Media in the lives of eight to eighteen year olds. Available online at: www.kff.org/entmedia/entmedia030905pkg.cfm Accessed on 4/2009. Klesges, Robert C. PhD, Shelton, Mary L. MS, Klesges, Lisa M. MS (1993, February). Effects of television on metabolic rate: Potential implications for childhood obesity. Pediatrics 281-286. Morris, Chris. CNN This is science? 7/6/2004. Accessed 9 April 2009. http://money.cnn.com/2004/07/06/commentary/game_over/column_gaming/index.htm Oil Spill Recovery Institute. Background of the Institute http://www.pws-osri.org/about_osri/background.shtml March 2009. Robinson, Thomas N. MD, MPH (1999, October 27). [...]

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