In many developed countries children no longer play outside or see their friends in person. Instead, they stay indoors and play computer games, or chat with their friends on Facebook. One clear result is the decrease in physical activity, leading to child obesity and related diseases such as diabetes.
According to a recent article in the New York Times, titled Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime, another result of spending too much "tech time" is damage to our brain and its ability to absorb. They write
When people keep their brains busy with digital input, they are forfeiting downtime that could allow them to better learn and remember information, or come up with new ideas.While many activities in Bhutan are still not done online, such as shopping or banking, the amount of "tech time" seems to be growing fast. Awareness is therefore the key. Parents and educators should try to explain and encourage non-tech time for their children, and should also remember to be good role models themselves.
Outdoor play used to be taken for granted only a generation ago, but few children today can enjoy this kind of freedom in much of the developed world. In the United Kingdom this has been an issue of much debate, as it has been realized that it is essential for the child's mental health. See for example this BBC story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/8580536.stmReplyDelete
By the way: Counter-Strike, the video game mentioned in the article, is considered "unsuitable" for people under 17 in the United States.