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Exploring the Potential Effects of Technology Exposure on Temporary Impulsive Behaviors in Children

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Objective: In this study, we examined the potential impact technology exposure has on children. We focused on its relation to temporary impulsive behaviors. Methods: We conducted a randomized, controlled experiment on kindergartners to examine whether exposure to media influenced their short-term impulsivity. Results: Our findings confirm impulsivity in the experimental group. All test score means were statistically differen- all time scores were smaller and means for all error scores were larger in the post-study. This implies children respond faster but with more errors, a typical symptom of impulsivity. Conclusion: Our results support the importance of minimizing excessive use of technologies for children to reduce educational risks. Exposure to technology has demonstrated increased tendencies among children, where there are demonstrated difficulties in slowing down and controlling the number of errors they make on complext parts of presented tasks. In contrast, children with no exposure to the technology were better able to slow down, and make fewer errors.
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Keywords: CHILD HEALTH; EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH; IMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR; INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY; KINDERGARTEN; TECHNOLOGY EXPOSURE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2021

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