Here's an interesting article in discussing the impact of screens on the developing mind. Dr Aric Sigman, a psychologist who talks about the dangers of TVs for children, is quoted as saying, "... ideally, quite frankly, with children, wait as long as possible before they use technology for too many hours. There will be intellectual advantages for them." He discusses the decline of empathy in young people and how this could be associated to electronic media replacing face-to-face contact, and also has some guidelines on how much TV/computer time children should have.
On face value it seems a bit sensational and reminds me of stereotyped plain-jane-super-brains who preferred books to football. Was there ever a study that linked reading too many books with low empathy?
Examples of social interaction without technology! Sourced from flickr, creative commons (carrels).
Dr Sigman has his own website with links to his papers and publications. There is a more detailed paper on the site discussing the perils of using electronic media.
Does this have an impact on the use of technology for learning? Does this actually support the concept of blended learning, where technology-based and traditional learning methods are pulled together within a syllabus? Do we need to help people understand the limitations of different forms of interaction - online, on the phone, face-to-face?
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