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Turns Out Our Kids’ Use of Gadgets Is More Harmful Than Watching TV

According to specialists, reducing the use of interactive gadgets is more effective than reducing TV time, when it comes to a child’s development. Gadgets can be more harmful because of how close the kids are to the screen and because of the different things they can do with them.

Bright Side will now explain why interactive gadgets are more harmful than passive electronics, like TVs.

They cause addiction.

Turns Out Our Kids’ Use of Gadgets Is More Harmful Than Watching TV

Thanks to the interactivity of devices, kids can become highly addicted, more than to TV. They work as a stimulant at the same level as caffeine and other substances. This happens because the dopamine released by the stimulation of electronics can hit children very easily, as their brain is not fully developed.

They cause sleep issues.

Turns Out Our Kids’ Use of Gadgets Is More Harmful Than Watching TV

Only 30 minutes of tablet or phone use are necessary to mess with a kid's body clock. The use of these electronics interferes with melatonin, a hormone that tells you when it's night time and time to sleep. This happens because kids are exposed to brightness at a very close range to their eyes, for a long period of time. Since TVs are seen from a greater distance, the effects are not as drastic.

They interfere with a child's mood.

Turns Out Our Kids’ Use of Gadgets Is More Harmful Than Watching TV

When using gadgets, children get overloaded with sensations, which interferes with their nervous system and makes them moody. Unlike watching TV, when using tablets, kids have a greater choice of what to watch and what to do, because they're receiving a lot of different types of stimulation.

They reduce their attention span.

Turns Out Our Kids’ Use of Gadgets Is More Harmful Than Watching TV

The more kids are actively focused on their electronics like computers, the less attentive they are to other things they need to be and should be doing, like homework or even playing outside. This can make them develop attention problems and eventually lower their school performance.

They influence kids' impulses.

Turns Out Our Kids’ Use of Gadgets Is More Harmful Than Watching TV

By having poor focus and triggering different sensations, electronics can also make children lose control of their impulses. Poor focus leads to anger and explosive behavior. The fact that kids are active in their decisions increases the impulses, compared to if they were just passively watching.

They increase stress and anxiety.

Turns Out Our Kids’ Use of Gadgets Is More Harmful Than Watching TV

When using electronics, especially when playing games, kids can become very excited and it can eventually increase their heart rate and blood pressure. This excitement can later lead to stress and anxiety if they don't achieve the final result they want.

Do you limit your kid's use of electronics? How does it reflect in their lives?