In the coming years, it will be normal that one out of two children will seem to be a genius with a tablet or that a newborn could do some stimulating exercises in front of a touch screen with adaptable textures. Ten years ago, all that was unthinkable.
Current generation of children under three-years-old is the first one on having access to tech gadgets since they were born; this is something we must face. Over a decade ago, we were doomed to four or five screen’s sizes; the portability was something very expensive that just a few people could afford it.
Certainly, batteries have played a very important role in the popularization of portable devices; however, it is the screen the main star during the launch of new devices in the market. Today, we can watch high-contrast resolutions and sharpness, the electronic ink reduces the tiredness due to longs exposures.
Just people older than 30 years-old are surprised to hear words like “High definition” or “Full HD”, something that the youngest know as “the only definition” because it is the currently one enjoyed. In fact, the exposure to the screens is something “normal” for the youngest ones, “the digital youth”, which are obliged to interact with one or more screens everyday. The innovation has produced in this field the existence of an amount of devices from different sizes, which are adapted to any needs, even for being under the water and watch TV!
However, there are educational establishments with great resources that have changed their chalk for pointers and blackboards for multimedia touch screen. Although nowadays are just a few privileged centres, it is expected that in a near future will be more establishments where books and screens will live in harmony.
Everywhere we travel; it will always be a screen close to us. Screens include spectacular applications and contents; these applications produce the pleasure of reading, as well as the observation and the learning. It is this educational combination which parents and society have to promote. However, we have to ask ourselves: which is the maximum exposure time of a screen? If there is not a unanimous answer, here are some aspects that we must take into account.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that children under two-years-old should be completely free from the exposure to any screen, and the rest of people should not be exposed more than two hours per day. This can be difficult when households exceed an average of six electronic devices, according to recent market studies. It is almost impossible to get rid of TVs, tablets, laptops, MP3 players, smartphones and other electronic devices.
What is more, the effects of an early exposure to technology are not entirely clear, in the long-term. The fact is that some firms such as Energy Sistem focus each product development not only to the importance of the design, but also to technical aspects that protects the view such as (filters, anti-glare, viewing angles, etc). Moreover, Energy Sistems’ devices allow fixing backlighting and include parental control in order to restrict some functions and exposure time.
It is important to know if most people use display devices which are focused to work, in one side, or to leisure time, in the other side; in order to know when it would be recommended to take a break or switch it off. That is why we ask you, how long do you stay in front of a screen? Share your ideas with us here.