Date of Award

Spring 6-17-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of arts (BA)


Global Honors

First Advisor

Alexandra Nutter


A new wave of smart and modern technology has integrated into lives and homes of families everywhere, thus the effects of early and continual exposure to this technology remain unknown. This is a global problem as many people around the world have access to this technology and interact with it in different ways. Whether it’s embracing it for future generations like Japan, or helping the newer generations with their overuse, almost addiction like tendencies with these devices like in South Korea. Around the world children are engaging with these devices at a young age and it’s found to have an impact in their language development, sleep, and social connectivity. Technology is psychologically impacting, whether it’s through development as with children or behaviorally as with adolescents. Media literacy can be used to understand what content children and adolescents are engaging with and whether they understand that content. More needs to be done in order to understand the effects of new modern technology, and how to help children and adolescents interact with it in a smart way that will not have lasting effects on their development or behavior.