Attention problems in children are rising because of the information overload

Today’s world is ruled by Information Technology, Electronic media, Internet and Hi Tech Gadgets. Children are heavily influenced by the rising use of gadgets in our day-to-day lives. Like two sides of a coin, this comes with both advantages and disadvantages.Looking at screens, watching video games,TV shows or movies for hours erodes a child’s ability to focus attentively in the real world.

In many cases, problems like ADHD(Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) have been diagnosed amongst children who spend more time either watching TV or playing video games.Children withsuch medical conditions have difficulty staying focused,controlling their impulses, and are often fidgety or hyperactive.

Research Analysts recommend that children should spend no more than one to two hours a day interacting with screen-based media, such as TV and video games. For children under the age of two, the recommendation is absolutely no exposure to such media. The brain is a highly adaptive and sensitive organ, so it makes intuitive sense that something like fast-paced video games could alter the way it reacts to stimuli.

Technology influences the way we think and the way we pay attention to information.While reading a book helps us concentrate, pay attention and stay focused,the same is difficult when we are in front of a screen. Concentration and focus are the foundation stones for the growth and development of a child andin turn, for a successful and happy life ahead.

Inventions like Television, Internet, Video Games etc. have buried imagination and creativity.In such a condition it is almost impossible to consistently pay attention or recall one’s memory. It is this information overload, the tendency to multitask while watching something that leads to attention problems among children.

There can be many ways in which this can be addressed.

  • Meditation/Yoga:Yoga is an excellent way by which children can be taught to improve their concentration and focus their energies in a particular direction. Trying different postures at a very slow pace may help them get rid of their over-anxiety and channelize their energies.
  • To Do List: Putting the tasks for the day in writing helps us organise better. Children can be taught to plan their activities and adhere to it so that they maintain discipline and at the same time get to do all that they want to.
  • Prioritise: Prioritising tasks will help children and their parents in focussing on the important tasks, thus maximising the productive use of time.

While the electronic media has been blamed for a lot of reasons, it is equally rich in information that is otherwise very difficult to obtain. It is through the internet that we have easy access to a wealth of information. It is healthy to have a good balance of time spent in front of such media and the time spent away from it. Children should be encouraged to spend more time outdoors exploring nature and its beauty.This will not only ensure their physical fitness but also give a boost to their mental well-being.

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