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WHY WE NEED A
TECHNOLOGY
TIMEOUT
Whether it’s your Smart Phone, your laptop, or tablet, these days technology plays a
monumental role in our lives. Yet this despite this, HEALTH learns that taking a time-out
from technology is paramount…
Boon or Bane
Kids are busy on tablets, husband
is texting for work and mom is on
the cell phone. Sound familiar?
Boon or bane; like all things in
our world, Devika Singh Mankani,
Psychologist, Dubai Herbal and
Treatment Centre reiterates that
technology can be a wonderful
blessing or it can feel like the
greatest curse. “On one hand,
technology has strengthened bonds
between family members, especially
those far from one another while
on the other hand, it has brought
the ‘outside world’ into homes and
family spaces such that it encroaches
upon much needed quality time
between family members,” she says.
Effects
Despite its undeniable attractiveness
and benefits, Mankani says that we
do see the negative effects where
it has distracted individuals from
engaging in activities that naturally
nurture and bond relationships.
Having said that, she explains that
some families use technology to
their advantage and create fun,
shared experiences; for example,
watching funny videos online
together or playing console games
as a family. Many technology driven
activities improve cognitive skills,
motor skills and in some cases social
skills, explains Mankani. “Children
who keep in touch with friends and
family are developing their written
abilities,” she tells.
Implications in Kids
According to Mankani, one of
the major drawbacks of the use of
technology in the young population
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