The effects of living in the age of information continue to roll in, and while many of them are good, some are downright disturbing. The lack of fine and gross motor development due to younger generations spending more time on screens and less time physically active is taking its toll in many forms, and one of those is in the medical field itself. It appears that new surgery students don't have as much physical dexterity as previous generations of students, making them less able to complete stitches in an effective manner.
Young people just aren't using their hands as much as they used to and some experts are saying that they don't have any craft skills, like sewing or cutting well, that they need in this and many other fields. Students who ace tests can't ace the practical assignments that are needed for saving lives. There's a reason why fine and gross motor skills are pressed upon children at an early age, but if too many kids are swiping instead of cutting, gluing, sewing and holding pencils, they're not developing those muscles that are necessary for competence.
Technology has so many benefits but it's important to keep child development free from too much of it. Playing with sticks seems to be more important than ever.
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