Because of increasing technology use, many modern teens struggle with social, emotional, mental and physical skills. Spending hours using technology every day changes the way the brain develops; in addition, it takes time away from more active, social or varied activities, according to Cris Rowan of the Huffington Post.
Overuse of technology, which is increasingly common, isolates people from each other. Although they communicate via computers and phones, they spend less time talking to each other in person. As a result, they slowly lose their ability to notice and understand emotional cues. Especially among youths, this can hinder the development of social skills and compassion, which can lead to narcissism and even cruelty, suggests the American Psychological Association.
Technology distracts from reading, exercise, outdoor play and other creative activities, as well as face-to-face socializing, says the Institute of HeartMath. Consequently, it can stunt creativity and self-regulation. Because technology offers instant answers and quick solutions, it shortens people's attention spans and increases their irritability. These issues pose particular problems for students, who struggle to learn and behave in the classroom.
Technology also has a negative impact on physical and mental health, even among adults. It increases the rates of depression, anxiety and obesity, indicates Rowan. Critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze information also fall by the wayside as technology takes over tasks that used to require active effort.