Research Article
Volume 10 Issue 12 - 2021
A Prospective Study on Gadget Usage and its Impact to Children
Lorela C Dy*
Fullerton Health, Shanghai, China and Las Piñas Doctors Hospital, Las Piñas City, Philippines
*Corresponding Author: Lorela C Dy, Fullerton Health, Shanghai, China and Las Piñas Doctors Hospital, Las Piñas City, Philippines.
Received: November 02, 2021; Published: November 18, 2021




Abstract

Objective: To determine the prevalence of electronic gadget usage among children who consulted at the Pediatrics department from August 2019 to July 2020.

Design: Prospective, observational, descriptive study.

Setting: Pediatrics department of an international hospital in Shanghai.

Participants: Patients, 0 - 18 years old, who consulted at the Pediatrics department from August 2019 to July 2020.

Methods: Data were gathered from questions asked during history taking. Questions pertain to the following: 1. What gadget does the child use, 2. When does the child use the gadget, 3. Duration of the use, 4. Reason for giving and using the gadget, 5. Problems encountered when the child started to use the gadget, 6. Physical activity, 7. Sleep duration.

Statistical Analysis: Frequency and percentages were used for analysis of results.

Results: Only 17% of children brought a gadget with them during the consultation but 61% use their parents gadgets at home and 46% have their own gadget. Children use the gadget more than 3 times per week during weekdays and weekend and 32% use it more than 3 times per day. Duration varies from 30 minutes, to 1 hour to more than 2 hours and use their gadget without parents’ supervision. Majority used the gadgets for playing games. Parents provide gadgets to their children primarily to keep them engaged. Problems reported were feeding problems, reduced physical activity, decreased sleep, eye strain, watery eyes, tantrums, disobedience, irritability, violence tendency, and not interacting with friends. Children still have physical activity, only 7% didn’t have any.

Conclusion: Majority of children either have their own gadget or use their parents’ gadgets. Reasons vary from playing to educational purposes bringing its pros and cons to the child. Proper supervision, control and limit to the usage of the gadget is they key to minimizing the negative impact and maximizing the positive effects.

Keywords: Gadget; Tantrums; Eye Strain; Sedentary; Feeding Problem

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Citation: Lorela C Dy. “A Prospective Study on Gadget Usage and its Impact to Children”. EC Paediatrics 10.12 (2021): 10-26.

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