The Negative Effects of Technology on Teenagers By: Michael Murtaugh SLC: Magnet
Could you go through a day without using technology? With things like… Cell Phones IPods Computers The internet Video games www.oraifite.com www.verizon-phones.org We are at risk in many ways http://Articles.whmsoft com
Video game statistics More than eight in ten (83%) young people ages 8-18 have a video game console at home, and a majority (56%) have two or more. (“Generation M: Media in the lives of 8-18 year olds.” Pg 35). A surprising 81 percent of teens (roughly 17 million) use the internet to play games online which is a 52% jump since 2000(Pew Internet & American Life Project). . Overall, 17% say their parents check the ratings on the video games they buy.” (“Generation M: Media in the lives of 8-18 year olds.” 35).
Cell Phones and Texting Along with video games, cell phones are also gaining a lot of popularity over the past few years. Four out of five teens (17 million) carry a wireless device (a 40% increase since 2004) (“Teenagers: A Generation Unplugged”). Second only to clothing, teens say, a person’s cell phone tells the most about their social status or popularity, outranking jewelry, watches and shoes (“Teenagers: A Generation Unplugged”).
Sexting Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, most commonly through mobile phones. According to a survey of 653 teens, 39% of which admitted to sending or posting sexually suggestive messages (Sex and Tech 2). Under the same survey 48% of all teens said they have received sexually suggestive messages (Sex and Tech 2).
Sexting Court Cases In February 2009, located in Greensburg, Pa., three high school girls who sent seminude photos and four male students who received them were all hit with child pornography charges. Jesse Logan was a high school senior who committed suicide after sexting a nude photo to her boyfriend.
Social Networking sites The average teen spends two hours a day for five days on social networking sites(Adolescents in MySpace: Identify Formation, Friendship and Sexual Predators). In 2006, a 14-year-old Texas girl and her mother filed a $30 million lawsuit against MySpace, claiming the girl had been sexually assaulted by a 19-year-old man she met on the site. 38% of parents never seen their child’s MySpace page (Adolescents in MySpace: Identify Formation, Friendship and Sexual Predators).
Conclusion Whether it be… www.oraifite.com www.verizon-phones.org http://Articles.whmsoft com Do the pros outweigh the cons?
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