Social media and video games are creating a generation of children with the mental and emotional immaturity of three-year-olds, one of Britain’s most eminent brain scientists has warned. So says an article in The Telegraph. Personally, I believe it.
A recent research study out of the UK raises some serious red flags about the impact social media, video games and, technology in general, is having on today’s youth.
“What I predict is that people are going to be like three-year-olds: emotional, risk-taking, poor social skills, weak self-identity and short attention spans,” said Baroness Greenfield, who was one of the first academics to warn four years ago that social media and video gaming were re-wiring children’s brains.” – Susan Greenfield, senior research fellow at Oxford University
Greenfield also cited a research study from Harvard and Princeton, which found that some students actually preferred to give themselves an electric shock, rather than face 10 minutes alone simply thinking. Scary, right?
What seems to be happening is that people, regardless of age, are addicted to cyber stimuli; rather than enjoy the moment of the place they’re in, they’re addiction makes them have to turn on a gadget — how often have you seen entire families out to dinner, with every member of the family staring at a smartphone? All of this dysfunction comes with a very high price: we are losing our humanity and our ability to think for ourselves. Don’t sit in the park and enjoy nature…turn on your smartphone. Don’t engage with other people…google something. Don’t engage in real, physical time, but rather, text a friend or surf facebook.
Her book, Mind Change, four years ago warned that children’s brains were being re-wired by their engagement with new technology.
The result was that they were likely to become more narcissistic with lower self-esteem and higher depression rates as communication through social media replaced face-to-face conversations. “I do feel vindicated. I wished I had not been,” she said. – The Telegraph
Our perception of reality usually becomes our truth. We build and experience the life we foster within our own minds. If we view the world as a terrible place and seek to numb our feelings and dull our experience, that is the world we create for ourselves — I fear that is what many people are doing through their addiction to technology.
“Life is all about perception. Positive versus negative. Whichever you choose will affect and more than likely reflect your outcomes.” – Sonya Teclai
As we enter into 2019, its the ideal time to nip our technology addiction in the bud. Kids are particularly susceptible to this dangerous addiction and sooner or later, it will have a drastically negative impact on their lives.
“Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast.” – Norman Vincent Peale
Susan Greenfield offers some solutions in the article, so please take some time to read it, as well as other studies on the problem.