Digital Dementia: A Modern Day Health Epidemic!
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.
Advancements in technology are beneficial to society in an economic and business sense. However, the long-term impacts of the technology are still unknown.
That's why I invite you to join me at The Digital Dementia Summit!
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. 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).
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.
There is epidemic of postural decline, as well. 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 and to focus on optimal postural design and neurologic function at a young age.
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