Even preschoolers spend time with all kinds of electronic devices found in homes. For various reasons, young children are exposed to mobile phones, computers and tablets.
Previous studies have shown that between 2013 and 2017, the time that preschoolers spent into electronic devices tripled. Although there is no recent relevant research, it should be considered very likely —if not certain— that this time has increased further in recent years.
A new study by Finland’s “Institute of Health and Welfare” raises concern about the potential impact that the use of electronic devices by pre-school children may have.
According to the study, the use of electronic devices, for more than 60 minutes a day by preschoolers, affects their mental state and the manifestation of their behaviors. They develop hyperactivity, show a low level of concentration and difficulty communicating with other children, as a result of which, they can not establish friendly relations with them.
The researchers estimate that, by spending a lot of time using electronic devices, young children stop spending time reading something, communicating with their family members and —above all— to play with other children.
This condition will increasingly negatively affect children’s emotional and social development, so that —when they go to school— their social skills are limited, facing problems making friends.
“The results of our research show that, a five-year-old spends much more time with electronic devices than experts suggest. The use of electronic devices —especially watching various programs, as well as videogames— is linked to the development of various negative behaviors and psychological problems. Even the activities on the electronic devices, which are considered safe and recommended by experts for young children —if done on a daily basis and for a long time— will end up not being useful, but part of the problem“,
says Janet Niiranen, social scientist and lead author of the study published in the journal “BMJ Open”.
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