According to the UK Office for National Statistics, more than 40 million people use the internet daily. How does prolonged exposure to technology impact young people and can sport be a solution for tech addiction?
When you think of technology you imagine the latest smartphone or even the latest video game available on the market.
The cool look you get from becoming an owner of the latest gadget; the attention someone receives from owning the new iPhone.
Communications watchdog Ofcom stated that young people spend nearly 27 hours a week on technology, glued to a screen. It has now taken over the joy of signing up for your local football team or boxing club . it’s no longer of interest to youth as they can always ‘find something better to do’.
Who’s responsible when it comes to youth and tech usage? A counsellor in London says “young people will spend some time on technology, but it is down to the parents to
manage how much time they spend on their devices.”
The counsellor further added “if parents do not manage the time young people spend on technology it can lead to addiction and even stress”
The Voice of London Sport interviewed students on how many hours they spend on technology during the week.
The Voice of London Sport then asked them about the amount of time they spend in sporting activities every week.
So how can sport become a solution?
Sports such as football, help to improve skills that are needed for young people to progress in a career or even in self-confidence. Working as a team requires to build on communication and leadership as well as building in commitment.
Technology, video games in particular, create this image that we’re part of the virtual world as we can connect with many of our friends online. Yet , we’re becoming confined and isolated in the world we live in.
Boxing is another beneficial sport that can deal with mental illnesses obtained through prolonged hours on technology, such as depression and anxiety. The tension and anger that is building up through a virtual world results in aggression and quick sparks of anger. All of which disappear through hitting a boxing bag for less than 20 hours a week.
Music: MK2 – Evil streets – Audio Library on Youtube
Impacts were a summary of the interview with the counsellor
Words: Asllan Gecaj | Subbing: Omar Arif