When I was in elementary school, we didn’t have a television. When we visited friends or family who did, cartoons and the Nickelodeon channel seemed like magic to me. I couldn’t look away. I’d often zone out so hard that I didn’t respond when someone was speaking to me. It was never long before my parents switched off the screen and shooed us outdoors.
Now, kids have way more than just the TV screen to contend with. There are laptops, tablets, smartphones, in-car DVD players, and multiple video game consoles. Everywhere you look, teeny children are being placated with media so their parents can finish grocery shopping or keep them quiet in church.
And it isn’t only worn-out parents resorting to the “electronic babysitter”. Almost 80 percent of school teachers admit to using some type of media in the classroom. Sometimes it’s an educational video or Skype call with foreign students. But, far too often, it’s just something to keep the kids quiet on a day when there’s nothing to do.
We’ve all had parents and grandparents tell us too much TV will rot our brains, but is that true in a society where ‘going digital’ is a requirement? Scroll through the infographic below for some interesting statistics and perspectives, and then share your thoughts in the comments below.