There’s a reason why mobile devices have been likened to a drug in recent years. We’ve all seen the addictive and stupefying effects that these devices have on people, especially children. But now the medical community is saying that they quite literally have a drug-like effect on patients.
A study conducted by World Congress of Anaesthesiologists found that iPads work just as well at reducing pre-surgery anxiety in children, as a commonly prescribed sedative known as midazolam. One group of young patients was given the sedative for a surgery, while the other was allowed to play games on an iPad for 20 minutes.
“Our study showed that child and parental anxiety before anaesthesia are equally blunted by midazolam or use of the iPad. However, the quality of induction of anaesthesia, as well as parental satisfaction, were judged better in the iPad group. Use of iPads or other tablet devices is a non-pharmacologic tool which can reduce perioperative stress without any sedative effect in paediatric ambulatory surgery.”
Of course, it’s wonderful that they’ve found a way to reduce anxiety without the use of pharmacological drugs, but the majority of children in the developed world are using these devices on a regular basis. What are the effects of using this pseudo drug every day?
Some child psychologists believe that it causes mental developmental problems in children, while others suggest that using these devices all the time can harm the physical growth of chidlren as well. Is it any wonder that Steve Jobs wouldn’t let his kids use the devices that he created?
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