In an alarming study that supports theories of previous research works, it has been established that the overuse of gadgets among children might be directly linked to cases of obesity. In a survey that was undertaken by YouGov Omnibus, it was found that a majority of children in the UAE and Saudi Arabia have been provided with access to gadgets like smartphones, tablets and even laptops. Children in these countries were found to spend a considerable number of hours in a day playing games on gadgets or just sifting through the device.
It was found that while most parents are acutely aware of the undeniable link between obesity and overuse of gadgets, they still accorded most importance to aspects related to nutrition. However, many parents did unanimously agree that childhood obesity was the single most major threat to the well-being of children, followed by emotional issues like anxiety and psychological disorders. Many parents prioritized a healthy diet as the most important factor in their children’s lives followed by outdoor activities and limited use of gadgets.
The survey however, brought out the heartening fact that a large proportion of parents were well aware on how technology can detrimentally affect young lives and therefore strove to bring about a balanced quotient of activity into their children’s lives. It also emerged through the findings of the survey that very few children had access to social media accounts and even if they did, it was closely monitored by the parents.