Technology: Family friend or foe?

By: Staff
Image: refer to hsw

About This Quiz

Ask yourself -- are our technological advances a blessing or a curse? Is the fact we can email, text, and Facebook while watching TV or playing DS destroying the fabric of the family? Take this quiz to learn more.

On average, how many texts does a typical teen send each day?

A 2011 Nielsen report said teenagers send and receive an average of 3,700 texts monthly, or around 125 a day. So, if you wonder why your teen doesn't have time for his homework, here's your answer!

True or False: Parents think technology has had a positive impact on their family's life.

In a 2011 study done by The Barna Group on the influence of technology, most parents felt that technology had improved family life. Examples of this include better communication with their kids and improved coordination of schedules.

What is Generation I?

Bill Gates defined Generation I as those people born after 1994, the first population to grow up with the internet. Generation Z and Digital Natives are other terms used to describe this generation.

How can too much technology impact a child's academic performance?

The constant multi-tasking required in online gaming negatively impacts a child's ability to focus on one task, such as schoolwork. Additionally, children can become too used to the visual and abandon written communication, impeding reading skills.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity numbers have done what since 1980?

The CDC did a study in 2004 and the obesity numbers had tripled in those 24 years, thanks in great part to screentime, electronics and technology usage.

What is NOT a benefit of family dinners?

Studies have shown that teenagers from homes with frequent family dinners were at far lower risk for substance abuse and far likelier to get better grades in school. Less obesity was not necessarily a benefit, though family dinners were associated with better nutrition overall.

What are ways a parent can enforce limits on technology?

A "technology timer" is a great way to set and adhere to screentime limits. Since parents are as guilty as kids of technology overdose, the sound of that timer can become a pleasant one in a household,ensuring some tech-free time.

True or False: Age-appropriate online games actually have a positive influence on children's development, teaching social and communication skills with other gamers.

Through research, psychologists found "virtual" feelings don't translate the same in the real world. There's a positive connectedness in social networks, but online development and social skills aren't substitutes for the real thing.

According to The Kaiser Family Foundation, what's the average kid's (age 8-18) technology usage each day?

The study said the average kid spent 2.5 hours each day listening to music, 5 hours watching TV and movies, 3 hours online and less than 40 minutes reading. Some of these activities were done at the same time, so the total time spent on technology was 7 hours and 38 minutes.

True or False: Children's technology is guilty of encouraging violent behavior.

Kids may see between 20-25 acts of violence per one hour of children's TV programming. Over time, this desensitizes kids, teaching them that violence is an accepted way to handle problems.

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!

Explore More Quizzes