Children and technology
Follow this link to a fascinating animated talk by renown American social psychologist Philip Zimbardo. It’s a 10-minute discussion, but entertaining and well worth listening to. At the end he discusses how children are being influenced by technology in ways we may not have thought about.
“Studies show that by the time a boy is 21 he has spent at least 10,000 hours playing video games alone. They live in a world that they create, which is exciting. Game companies are now creating 3D games so that the game is all around you. Their brains are being digitally rewired and they will never fit into a traditional classroom, which is analog.”
“I think we are underestimating the power of technology in re-wiring young people’s brains. Kids don’t wear wrist watches anymore because they say it’s a single-function device and you don’t waste time on single-digit devices.”
The talk is well worth listening through in its entirety, but if you want to skip to the portion that specifically discusses children, it’s at around the 6-minute mark.