Overall 1.8 billion people own smartphones and use their devices on a daily basis. Some studies estimate that an average person checks their screen 150 times a day.
And, data shows that nearly 70% of 11 to 12-year-old kids use a mobile phone; 90 percent by the age of 14 (Williams, 2016).
Developmental patterns due to technology utilization have drastically changed, and society is suffering from the epidemic of postural decline for it. To offset the ill health effects of sensory mismatch associated with digital dementia, it is of utmost importance to understand the brain-based presentation of these patients.
Advancements in technology are beneficial to the advancement of society in an economic and business sense. However, the long-term impacts of the technology are still unknown.
The Millenials are a new generation; the first in history to be exposed to screens and mobile devices throughout all stages of their physiologic development.
It’s more relevant now than ever before to focus on optimal postural design and neurologic function at a young age.
The human brain is plastic and adaptable and always changing in response to the environment. Children’s brains are particularly adaptable in development, which is now when the brain is most exposed to technology.
Young people are now being born into a world where it is normal to spend an average of 8 hours each day exposed to digital technology. This exposure is rewiring their brain’s neural circuitry.
According to Williams (2016) increased screen time neglects the circuits in the brain that control more traditional methods for learning in the frontal lobe. These are typically used for reading, writing and concentration.
With loss of these important skills, digital dementia has arrived. This term describes how overuse of digital technology is resulting in the breakdown of cognitive abilities in a way that is traditionally seen in people who have suffered a head injury or Alzheimer’s disease.
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