Effect of Screen Time on Motor Skills: The Smartphone Generation is not Ready to Write

posted by Preethi Chandrasekhar, December 14, 2017

Teachers are seeing more and more kindergarteners whose fingers are not ready to write.
They lack the fine motor skills required to write legibly in Kindergarten and beyond. This has been traced back to excessive touchscreen device use.

As adults these days, we barely write at all. And sometimes when we do have to write, doesn't your hand hurt sometimes? Those are the very muscles used in the complex movement of holding a pencil and writing! Muscles the kids need to develop and use.

Isn't screen time a part of life?

Screen time is inevitable these days and a part of modern life. But excessive screen time as defined by American Academy of Pediatrics seems to have some consequences.

Kids naturally inhabit and learn from a three-dimensional world. Screen use limits them to a 2D world that simply gives them information. This can lead to a decline in motor proficiency as per studies.

Kids who use smartphones also experienced language delays.

What the future holds

Information in the world is doubling every 2.5 years. We have Google and Siri and various ways to find out what we need to know.
But we will all be obsolete if we don't become and raise creative problem solvers and thinkers!

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