Children are being introduced to technology at a much younger age than ever before. Over half of all kids between the ages of eight and 12 already have their own cellphone. Almost 40 percent of children under two years old have used a mobile device for entertainment.
But is being exposed to technology so early in life a good idea? I'll tell you one psychologist's opinion on the topic and where he thinks we are headed as a society.
It's very common nowadays for children to get their first gadget before they begin elementary school. Many schools around the country are also taking part in programs the give tablets to kids once they enter the classroom.
New York addiction expert Nicholas Kardaras thinks that this trend is leading us to a public health crisis. So much so that he wrote a book dealing with how screen addiction is hijacking our kids.
Some of his stories on technology addiction are terrifying. Kardaras said he witnessed one of his young patients go into convulsions when her mother tried taking her gadget away. The child threatened to kill herself and ended up being sent to a psychiatric hospital.
Another patient of Kardaras was addicted to "World of Warcraft." The young man played the video game so much that he could not distinguish between the real world and the fantasy world setting of the game. That patient was also taken to a psychiatric hospital.
Kardara has spent the last 15 years observing over 1,000 teenagers with the addiction. He says the video game industry plays a big role in the problem by making their games addictive. He thinks schools giving kids tablets is also contributing to the problem.
We've been following this issue for a while. Read our article regarding if smartphones can seriously hurt our kids for a quick refresher. You can also take our quiz to see if you are addicted to the internet.