THE STATE OF OUR SOCIETY

Kids using electronics so much they can’t hold pencils.

I’ve watched how kids hold pencils. They look like cavemen when presented with a new stick, grasping it in their fists.

After previous studies claimed that children who overuse mobile devices struggle learning to speak, a group of doctors is now saying young children in the digital generation can’t even hold a pen or pencil anymore.

“Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago,” pediatric occupational therapist Sally Payne told The Guardian. “Children coming into school are being given a pencil but are increasingly not be able to hold it because they don’t have the fundamental movement skills.”

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British pediatricians are blaming the erosion of basic motor skills on the changing culture among parents who rely heavily on technology. “It’s easier to give a child an iPad than encouraging them to do muscle-building play such as building blocks,” Payne added. “Children need lots of opportunity to develop those skills.”

One mother admitted to reporters that she had only given her son hi-tech gadgets to play with; leaving him unprepared for grade school. “When he got to school, they contacted me with their concerns: he was gripping his pencil like cavemen held sticks,” Laura said to The Guardian. “He just couldn’t hold it in any other way and so couldn’t learn to write because he couldn’t move the pencil with any accuracy.”

Karin Bishop, assistant director at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, added that tech is having a growing impact on children becoming less physically active and living “more sedentary lifestyles.”

A 2017 study found that the screen time of children under two-years-old was linked to delays in them learning basic expressive speech as a toddler.

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7 Responses to THE STATE OF OUR SOCIETY

  1. bogsidebunny says:

    Who will need to know how to write with an obsolete pen?

    However, the little bastards will be experts at driving an expensive SUV while texting, drinking over-priced Starbucks lattes , eating a big Mac all at once when they reach 17.

  2. d00mguy says:

    There are people now (18-23) who don’t know how to read or write in cursive. I’m 29 and it made me feel old.

  3. bogsidebunny says:

    Shit doomguy, you’re just a baby. How do you think I feel. I can read Egyptian hieroglyphics?

  4. Deplorable B Woodman says:

    bogside,
    I wouldn’t be surprised if you could read Egyptian hieroglyphics.
    Let me carve a condolence letter to you on my clay tablet in cuneiform.
    Or would you prefer to wait while I make some hand made “paper” from papyrus reeds?

  5. bogsidebunny says:

    Deplorable, go to the top of Mount Sinai and see those stone tablets I carved.

  6. dekare says:

    Egyptian hiroglphics….could you get any more recent. I remember them when the kids started developing them as a means of writing dirty jokes on all the new pyramids being built. When I was a kid, we were drawing wooley mammoths and tracing our hands on grandmas living room walls over in France.

  7. Eskyman says:

    Hey, cunieform was good enough for my grandpa, so it’s good enough for me! That newfangled hieroglyphics makes my eyes hurt!

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