“The American Academy of Pediatrics is unequivocal: If your kid is under 2, no screens. For older kids, two hours a day, max. But the AAP doesn’t differentiate between activities; education apps, base-jumping videos, first-person shooters, ebooks, Sesame Street, and The Shining are all thrown into the same bucket. It’s all just screen time. Trouble is, they’re not all the same. An app that teaches your kid his ABCs isn’t the same as a television cartoon, but the AAP is probably right to be conservative with its advice. “Researchers know almost nothing about the impact of touchscreen technology on young children,” says Heather Kirkorian, an assistant professor of human development and family studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is trying to find some answers. “Our society is running a large-scale experiment with real children in the real world, and we won’t know the impact, if any, for many years to come.””
This article again, relates to my Scalar and here is the link http://www.wired.com/2014/04/children-and-touch-screens/
The above article in the link was written by Mat Honan.
above image from: http://www.wired.com/2014/04/children-and-touch-screens/
This article is mostly about early parenting actually hence, “The tablet is the new pacifier” (Honan).
However this guy has a serious point. The kids running around using the technology we use will undeniably end up living in a different world than what we live in now, but how much of it will derive from instant information and entertainment we can carry around at a decent price and weighing less than a pound. He says, “But these screens have a weird dual nature: They make us more connected and more isolated at the same time. When I hand my daughter an iPad with an interactive reading app, she dives in and reads along. But she also goes into a trance. It’s disturbing because, frankly, it reminds me of myself” (Honan).
When i read that, what i hear is that the child seems more adult-like and simultaneously he seems more child-like. I think technology has leveled more than one plane. I think we can attribute technology to both higher IQ’s and lower IQ’s. I think we can go over the positives and negatives of technology incorporation into education and other institutions for hours. We can name things as more accessible, cheaper maybe, and then name them as less effective and flawed, but i think there is something that levels the plane regardless of intellect or age and i think that is the mentality that people have gained and are passing down. That is the leveling plane in my opinion.
I’m not sure if the mentality of everything be accessible and instant is a good thing or a bad thing, but i do think this article specifically demonstrates this. He is examining his kid and seeing himself. The kid finds all this as a normalcy while people my age and older have seen the instant everything trend from the beginning but we are all consumers of it.
The article quotes Heather Kirkorian saying, “Our society is running a large-scale experiment with real children in the real world, and we won’t know the impact, if any, for many years to come” (Honan). Honestly, in my opinion i wouldn’t say the kids are the only ones we should be focusing on because that would exclude adults that exhibit the same characteristics like the way the writer, Honan, noticed. I think the thing we need to be focusing on is how we use technology and by we i mean all of us. Technology always has a place, but it shouldn’t dominate us to the point of mental deterioration or halt the process.
above image from: http://blog.cases.com/should-you-buy-your-child-a-tablet