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Social Media and Gadgets Make Your Kids Into Horrible Students

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Technology can be a helpful tool, but a major international study shows that children with heavy access to electronics suffer when it comes to reading. The research involved 4,000 students in England to show that televisions, DVD players, and phones greatly impact a child’s learning.  Now you know why so many people under the age of 25 can’t put together a complete sentence on a computer screen or piece of paper.

The research showed that two-thirds of children at the age of ten have their own television sets. A similar number of children have cell phones and DVD players. These gadgets may make these kids seem cooler, but they scored an average of 20 points lower than other children on a reading test. This exam was given to children in 45 different countries and provinces.

The study also showed that children who played an instrument showed a 30 point hike in their test results. A similar study showed that teenagers who spent a significant amount of time online using social media and networking sites perform worse than the average student on math and science exams.

Teachers have said that students are performing poorly because they do not get enough sleep at night. The fatigue that they experienced impacted their studies in class, resulting in poor test scores. A small number of students were malnourished, which also effected how well they focused in class.

In England, research was done showing that 13 percent of 14-year-olds use social media sites for more than four hours a day. As the time that they spent online increased, their math and science scores decreased. The information received from these studies should be a warning to parents. Stop buying your kids expensive gadgets and get them an instrument.

416 Comments

  1. grandma bern

    December 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

    We go through so many fads. We can not find what is best for our young. First is was so important to be ghetto fabulous. Now, it is important to give our children gadgets to intertain them. When are we going to put a book in our children’s hands? I told a friend That there is 24 hours in a day. Why can’t you make your child take one hour per day to read. Her reply was ” They don’t want to read. I give them this toy and so that they can leave me alone.” After that I was too through.

  2. Char Rob

    March 7, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Wow this is alarming my son is busy on his way to being a gamer all day or on the computer
    . ..Breaks needed
    Thank God he is reading well.Still taking this into consideration.

  3. Tracey Washington

    March 7, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I am a high school English teacher and I had this very same conversation with one of my 11th grade students yesterday. He can’t seem to understand why the required test scores in Florida keep getting higher. I told him that they (kids) seem to be allergic to reading and that technology is destroying them because it makes everything so simplistic that they no longer have to put forth any effort. I am going to show him this article to prove my point.

  4. Chimpout

    August 10, 2013 at 3:23 am

    its not gadets.
    its the inner chimp that comes out during class.
    blacks always want to argue and fight.
    they dont care about learning. they think they know everything.
    lazy too. only want to play bassetball.

    most of em are just drug dealin thugs anyway.
    like trayvon. look at stats from detroit public schools.
    all those people were voted in by YOU so no crying.
    average i.q of monkeys in this country is lower than asians latinos and whites.
    science proves it too

  5. Pernell Parham

    June 9, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Chimpout, you are an arrogant asshole! Fuck you!

  6. kimberly

    June 10, 2014 at 12:39 am

    I am not trying to be funny but did you guys check out how the little boy is looking @ her?I almost died!Soooooooooo Funny!

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