The world is advancing as time goes by, the elderly and the young are both forced to learn and adapt to the new technology that is put out in front of us. Yes, these technology advances are making our daily lives easier, but are they doing more harm than good? Especially to the youth of our world. Before, parents used to scold children for sitting to close to the TV, now they have screens such as smart phones and tablets in front of their eyes almost all the time. Now, according to research conducted in the United States, it is being shown that these bits of technology may actually be doing a bit of harm to the youth of today.
Children who have access to tablets or smartphones in their bedrooms get less sleep than children who do not have the devices with them at night. The findings in the January edition of the journal Paediatrics show that having a so called "small screen" within reach was slightly worse than a television set when it came to sleep deprivation in a group of 2,000 Primary school kids.
Overall, those with access to smartphones and tablets got nearly 21 minutes less sleep per night than children whose rooms were free of such technology, and they were more likely to say they felt sleep deprived.
Those with a TV in the bedroom got 18 minutes less sleep than kids without televisions in their rooms.
"Presence of a small screen, but not a TV, in the sleep environment, and screen time were associated with perceived insufficient rest or sleep," said the study led by Jennifer Falbe of the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.
"These findings caution against unrestricted screen access in children's bedrooms."
Participants in the study included 2,048 fourth and seventh graders.