Negative effects of electronics on adolescents

Negative effects

Negative effects-Children and teenagers spend an average of four hours a day in front of the screens … television, tablet, mobile, internet, games. It is easy to see how teenagers can spend a significant part of the day totally connected. Electronics, although useful for communication, school work and entertainment, can cause problems if used excessively.

Although this is something that is known, it is necessary to remember it because sometimes, when children and adolescents are ” calm “and” without disturbing “it seems that for parents,” it’s not so bad “that they are connected … sure?

Next, we will talk about the negative effects of electronics on adolescents and how inappropriate or excessive use could have very negative consequences both for their social life and their physical or mental health. Some of the most repeated negative effects among the adolescent population are as follows.


Negative effects

Spending too much time on the screen can promote a sedentary lifestyle, one of the main contributing factors to obesity and a major risk factor for heart disease. Up to 33% of adolescents are obese.

Obese adolescents are more likely to become obese adults, which them at greater risk of developing chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. Changing just 30 minutes of electronic time per day for physical activity can help significantly reduce these risks.


Teens whose electronic time includes viewing violent television and video games may also experience greater aggression. Teenagers, who spend a lot of time playing violent video games or watching violent TV shows are more likely to fight with their peers, discuss with their teachers and, in general, engage in more aggressive behaviors.


The electronics in your teen’s room can negatively affect their normal sleep cycle. Late-night messages, phone calls, and emails can keep your teen from sleeping soundly, even if he is not reading or responding.

It is important that parents encourage their children to turn off their computer and phone when it is time to go to bed. In this way there will be no interruptions that make you sleepy and you will be able to rest more quietly. In addition, the blue light of the screens directly interfere with the circadian rhythms of the body. .. The brain can think that it is still daytime by the type of light, and generate hormones that keep the adolescent awake for longer.


Spending too much time playing video games can increase depression in adolescents who are predisposed to mental or social health problems. Adolescents with mental health problems may resort to video games to obtain emotional relief, but then they become addicted to play, causing social, academic and emotional problems that can last into adulthood. In some cases, teenagers become so addicted to video games that they can become isolated and depressed. Parents can help by controlling play time and limiting it when appropriate.

Bearing all this in mind, parents should not demonize the use of electronics, much less. But teenagers are not mature enough to know what is best for them. In this sense, they need rules and limits established by parents in order to prioritize healthier activities. Use technology a limited time for leisure and s open use it well in case it is required for academic activities or for the search for the first job.

The effects of lack of parental control

Self- esteem, self- discipline, ambition and emotional development atrophy without the guidance and participation of parents, which affects the decision-making abilities and the identity of an individual far beyond childhood. E l parental control is not only beneficial but necessary and has immediate adverse effects when not present that can put a child at risk.

As a father or mother it is necessary that you understand that your children need parental control, they need limits and although it may be tired, it is necessary for them to have a good present and future development. Next we are going to talk about the effects that can occur if your children grow up with a lack of remarkable parental control.


Without established limits, there are no guidelines, and living without guidelines creates insecurity. Parents are a child’s main source of security and if the parent’s behavior indicates that they are not in control, it opens the door to uncertainties. Children need to know what limits exist and know that someone is in charge of keeping them safe … without this, children will grow up with emotional dependence, insecurities and emotional deprivation.


With the right kind of participation, parents help children develop interpersonal skills and guide them in socialization, teaching them how to form relationships for themselves.  Parents have significant control over their children’s playmates when they are small.

Young people from homes with authority seek and attract like-minded teenagers, creating a peer group that maintains high standards. With parental control, parents can teach their children how to look for qualities in a friend that create healthy relationships and reinforce healthy behaviors.


Neglect is the end of a parent’s lack of control and can lead to a variety of antisocial behaviors that could result in the intervention of the law. Social services can come into play in families where it is identified that there may be problems in the safety or care of minors.

The behavior of the child is identified as antisocial and causes damage or disturbance in the community and is often related to the home and family life, in particular, it is identified as a lack of supervision or negligence. The idea is to provide guidance and support in the development of parenting responsibilities to prevent children from following the path of the offender.


The ambition is learned and the corresponding behaviors are developed through the family and the environment of which the child is a part. Parents preach with the example of their children and the amount of control exercised by parents exerts a great influence on the ambition of a child to achieve.

Permissive parenting, a parenting style that has no limits or established rules, results in lower achievement levels. The children of these families fail to learn the self-discipline that is required in academic learning and, as a result, they are not able to achieve what they really are capable of.


As you see, it is very important that children have parental control so that in this way they learn not only what to do, but also how to do it. The rules, limits and consequences of behavior are necessary for adolescents to understand what path they should follow and why. Do not use punishments or take advantage of your authority. Teens must understand that they also have a choice in their behavior and that their decisions about themselves will really make the difference in their lives.


Apple’s leading investors wrote an open letter expressing concern about the excessive use of electronic devices by some users. In it, they recognized Apple’s great value in innovation, as well as its popularity among teenagers. However, they urged to take measures to offer more tools and options to parents to ensure that their children make responsible use of the product.

The alarm arises from growing scientific evidence that points out the negative consequences it could have on those users who make excessive use of their electronic devices.


Research shows that American teens who spend 3 hours a day or more on electronic devices are 35% more likely to have a suicide risk factor than those who spend less than an hour. Likewise, in those who dedicate more than 5 hours to their electronic devices, the percentage rises to 71%.


The same study shows that eighth grade students (13 years old) who are large consumers of social networks have a 27% higher risk of suffering from depression. On the contrary, those who spent less than half of their time spent more time doing sports, socializing with friends and doing homework have a significantly lower risk.


Those who spend 5 or more hours a day on electronic devices are 51% more likely to sleep less than 7 hours than those with less than 1 hour use. On the other hand, lack of sleep is associated with some long-term problems such as weight gain and hypertension.


A study by the University of UCLA showed that the group of pre-adolescent students exposed to social interactions in person and an absolute restriction of electronic screens during five days significantly improved the recognition of non-verbal emotional signals.


58% of parents say they are concerned about the influence of social networks on the physical and mental health of their parents. 48% say that trying to regulate the use their children make is a constant battle. Finally, 58% say they feel their children are attached to their mobile phone or tablet (APA, 2017).

The figures are more than worrisome; on average a child receives his first mobile phone at 10 years of age and spends 4 and a half hours using it. In addition, 78% of adolescents check their cell phone every hour and 50% admit to feeling addicted. However, prohibiting your children from using mobile phones could be harmful. Children of parents who perform this practice are more likely to engage in problem behavior online than those whose parents take an active role in guiding their children to have a responsible use of their devices.


It is no secret that social networks and applications are made to be as addictive as possible as their creators have publicly recognized. It is therefore an act of responsibility that Apple’s own investors encourage the company itself to be the first to take measures to limit the use of these devices. This set of evidence begins to give indications of the harmful and harmful effects of the excessive use of technological devices. There are things like looks, smiles or hugs that cannot be replaced or replaced by much that are sent in the form of emoticons.

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