Impacts of Digital Technology on Health and Family

Digital Era

Living in the digital era has greatly simplified our lives from using navigation systems rather than the traditional method of using paper maps to paying our bills at the touch of a button on the Internet instead of having to go all the way to the store.

However, like all things, living in the digital era has its cons too. Criminals may try to hack into computer systems and steal valuable personal information and misuse them.

Firstly, you can watch video below which shows the evolution of digital technology which has increased convenience for everyone in various ways.

Health

Ever had a rough day at school or things didn’t go your way at work? Well, some people tend to play video games in order to release that stress. Whether you are playing on your mobile phone or on your computer or laptop, it has been proven that playing video games have been linked to reducing stress which thus improves the overall mental health. A study has shown that both men and women who played video games in the long term were able to increase their mental skills to handle stress better, become less sensitive to depression and get less aggressive during stressful tasks.

Video games have also been linked to increasing brain size and connectivity. A study has found out that video gaming can stimulate the brain in such a way that it improves the memory, fine motor skills, strategic planning skills. As the connectivity between those brain areas being linked increases it thus will result to higher intelligence and consciousness.

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Researchers also believe that video gaming could be a new therapy method in order to help patients to overcome their mental health problems in which brain regions are altered or reduced in size, such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Alzheimer’s dementia. Video gaming will stimulate the growth of new healthy nerve cells which can help patients.

However, video games also has negative impacts on health. Gaming addiction is one of the major problems of gamers. When addicted gamers spend too much time in front of their TVs, or on their smartphones or computers, playing video games, they will put less emphasis on their other needs such as hunger because they are too focused on their video game and do not want to waste time doing other essential things to take care of themselves. This gives rise to irregular unhealthy eating habits. If they ever get hungry, they will choose to eat fast food or easy-to-prepare meals like frozen food. This will thus lead to obesity, diabetes and other serious health conditions.

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People are usually busy with their school or their work. Due to this very reason, people will try to squeeze in some time to play video games into their busy schedule by sacrificing the precious time that they could have used to get some sleep. In the long term, these people will develop insomnia and be heavily sleep deprived. This could lead to other serious health conditions.

As they are sleep deprived, they will not be able to focus on their school work or their office job. They will perform poorly in their own respective fields and receive heavy criticism from their teachers or superiors. This could lead to depression and have a negative toll on their mental health.

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Video gaming has good and bad effects on our health. However, it mostly depends on our ability to control the amount of time spent playing those video games in order to fully be able to gain the good effects and not the bad ones.

Family

Digital technology allows us to connect with our loved ones no matter where they are. What if you suddenly miss your loved ones and want to talk to them? All you have to do is to use your smartphone to call them with a push of a button or maybe a few more buttons. If you want to see them, there is the option of video calling them as well which is all very convenient.

If you are a parent, you may be worried about the whereabouts of your child and thus may start to panic thinking that something horrible might have happened to them. However, there is no need to overthink as you can simply use the GPS tracking system to find out where they are or you could just simply text them through Instant Messaging Apps such as WhatsApp or LINE to ask them where they are.

However, the very same technology seems to be pulling us apart from our families. Nowadays, when you go to restaurants or anywhere else, what do you see? Do you see people interacting with each other or do you see people staring at their smartphones. Yes, the latter. Although digital technology has made it easier for us to reach those who live far away from us it seems to be making it harder for us to connect with those who are close to us.

Parents have little time to spend with their children due to their busy work schedules so they tend to use other methods such as buying them materials, such as tablets or laptops, to compensate for their absence. This leads to the child putting more emphasis on materialistic needs rather than the love and care of parents. So during the rare times that the whole family gets to eat together, the child will be more focused on their handheld device rather than conversing with their parents. The parents on the other hand may also be looking at their own smartphones to check for business emails, or phone calls from their superiors, etc.

As the video shown above shows, it is better to interact with our family rather than to be immersed in our own little world inside our digital technologies when we are with our family so as to deepen the relationships with one another.

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