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Instant Gratification has detrimental impacts on overall development

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Nishka Sharma

Dealing with instant gratification, the immediate desire for appeasement, leads to society’s decline.

The increased use of technology has benefited the lives of many. Technology is versatile, allowing individuals to do almost anything with the touch of a finger. However, it is crucial to note how technology has disrupted society. 

Watching a TV show but then quickly getting bored and scrolling on your phone is just one example of instant gratification. 

In this generation , everyone has access to multiple forms of media. From children to older individuals, technology addiction is rising, causing the depletion of memory, attention span and time reduced with family. Younger children aged 2-6 are addicted to screens and are commonly called “iPad Kids.” This internet-based term means that children without constant screen stimulation, often misbehave. Older individuals constantly watch shows on their screens and as they learn to use technology, the addiction worsens. That being said, this generation spends far too much time looking at their screens, unable to appreciate the world around them. 

The increased use of technology sets unrealistic expectations and beauty standards that are nearly impossible to follow. In addition, mental health issues have significantly increased from social media. Not to mention how expansive media is-for example, AI which is the simulation of human intelligence; students and adults use AI to assist in completing work, again reinforcing instant gratification rather than applying their  brain and doing the work themselves. 

Thus, it is necessary to set aside screens. Some ways to increase attention span and stop seeking instant gratification include, meditating, coloring, talking to loved ones, journaling and exercising. 

The first step for our generation and future generations to unlearn this technology addiction is to accept that it is a critical issue.

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Nishka Sharma, Staff Writer
Senior Nishka Sharma, a first-year staff writer who is excited to start writing for The Griffin, can often be found playing tennis, traveling the world or spending time with her family and friends. She is extroverted and creative. Her favorite food is an everything bagel with egg whites, mozzarella cheese and tomato!
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