Is Being Hyperconnected Hurting or Helping our Children?

Children Laptop Online InternetDid you know a lot of employees of leading high-tech firms in the silicon valley such as Apple, Google, Yahoo, and Hewlett-Packard send their children to a computer-free school?

Schools nationwide have rushed to supply their classrooms with computers, and many policy makers say it is foolish to do otherwise. But the contrarian point of view can be found at the epicenter of the tech economy, where some parents and educators have a message: computers and schools don’t mix. – NY Times

So then comes the questions:

  • Why would high tech employees and internet executives who are so immersed in technology not want their child to use such technology to learn? Do they know something we don’t?
  • Does the use of technology potentially hurt child development…. adult development?

SURVEY: Will Millennials Benefit or Suffer Due to their Hyper-Connected Lives?

A recent survey released by Pew Internet Projects asked technology experts about this issue. The question: Will Millennials benefit or suffer due to their hyperconnected lives?

Child Mobile Phone ConnectedIn this survey, technology experts and stakeholders were fairly split in their opinions about whether highly connected people will end up having a positive or negative impact by 2020. The feeling is that young people who grow up hyper-connected via the internet, mobile web, and the internet will reap the benefit of being more nimble and quick-acting multitaskers. However on the other end, the same experts expect that those growing up fully connected will increase in their need for instant gratification, settling for quick choices, lacking patience, and the loss of social skills. Many expressed concerns of these trends, some mentioning George Orwell’s 1984 as well as fears of control by powerful interests in an age where distractions and quick entertainments rule.

Anyone remember this haunting quote?

” [it’s] easier [online] to be who you want to be, because nobody knows you and if you don’t like the situation you can just exit and it is over. ” – Clean Cut Media

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Internet Connection helps with Learning & Multitasking!

The respondents were encouraged to pick one of two stances. 3% did not respond.

55% agreed with this statement:

In 2020 the brains of multitasking teens and young adults are “wired” differently from those over age 35 and overall it yields helpful results. They do not suffer notable cognitive shortcomings as they multitask and cycle quickly through personal and work related tasks. Rather, they are learning more and they are more adept at finding answers to deep questions, in part because they can search effectively and access collective intelligence via the internet. In sum, the changes in learning behavior and cognition among the young generally produce positive outcomes.

Internet Connection makes People Shallow & Lose Social Skills!

Child Watching TV Media - Hurts!42% agreed with the opposite statement:

In 2020, the brains of multitasking teens and young adults are “wired” differently from those over age 35 and overall it yields baleful results. They do not retain information; they spend most of their energy sharing short social messages, being entertained, and being distracted away from deep engagement with people and knowledge. They lack deep thinking capabilities; they lack face to face social skills; they depend in unhealthy ways on the internet and mobile devices to function. In sum, the changes in behavior and cognition among the young are generally negative outcomes.

What is considered Hyperconnected?

Hyperconnected basically means, you are always connected, a finger tip away. It is a word describing an environment where people are linked continuously through some kind of technology to other people and information.

Another survey from Pew Internet Projects show that 95% of teens ages 12-17 are online, 76% use social networking sites, and 77% have cell phones. Those in ages 18-29? 96% use the internet, 84% use social networking sites and 97% have cell phones. Over half of them use smartphones and 1 out of 4 own tablet computers like the iPad.

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So the same question remains.

  • Will Hyper-Connectedness of Millennials result in greater Benefit or Deteriment in the long run? Let us know your thoughts!
  • OR, at least think of a good caption for that litlte girl on the cell phone. Awesome picture!

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  1. I believe that a child should grow up according to its age. Internet makes it grow fast and loses childhood innocence. My generation grew up without internet, reading more books, making crafts and playing with other children. Parents should not rush to teach children to use the Internet and when they let them do it, always with their supervision.

  2. Well, they do know that getting hyperconnected with the internet can pose a great danger to children. Even adults couldn’t stand the radiation it brings. Most importantly, we know that internet is a humongous source of pornographic and violent contents that certainly affects the psychological and behavioral growth of the children.

  3. Personally, I don’t see any harm in the young generation being ‘connected’ or spending a lot of time in front of screens (computer, cellphones, TVs, etc). Thats just me and you can differ from that opinion. However I do think that being hyperconnected is taking things a bit too far, regardless of the age. Anything done moderately and within safe limits can never be damaging. Video games, for instance, are said to increase reflexes by a great margin.

  4. I think like anything else in life it’s about striking the right balance, that’s what I try to practice with my kids. I make sure they get enough outdoor activity, but I want them to embrace the internet and all new technology so that they can benefit from all that it offers.

  5. I agree with the viewpoint that striking the right balance is key. And that goes for anything and everything you do in life. Furthermore in today’s world, there is no such thing as being ‘hyperconnected’, since technology in its various forms and manifestations has more or less become part of our life and each and everything that we do.

  6. of course it is harm to our children since lot of radiation and health problems are being transferred to our childrens while they are hyperconnected. And so if we are promoting outdoor activities too, we will be able to control this problems since nature is a natural curer

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