- Peter Han
- Spring, TX
- United States
Advisor to families/schools on creativity, play and projects., Play.Fully.Creative
How does the intense use of social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook) impact our youngsters' ability to engage in creative, reflective thinking?
Articles such as "Is Google Making Us Stupid" (Atlantic Magazine, July 2008), "Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction" (NYTimes, Nov 21, 2010), and "Wired for Distraction" (Time Magazine, Feb. 21, 2011) suggest that the nature of interactions that youth engage in whilst using social media is fundamentally restructuring their brains...and not all for the better. In particular, the ability and desire to ponder, think deeply, reflect, and struggle with conflicting ideas diminished after prolonged use of social media that required quick, superficial, reactionary scanning and responding. Is this trend going to cripple our young people's ability to understand and solve ever more complex and unpredictable problems? Please share your thoughts, experiences and research findings that are germane to this topic.