The Internet Either Is Or Is Not Ruining Teens’ Brains, Say Experts
This just made me laugh. "Maybe!"
Fucking Experts. I think this would make a nice discussion. What do you HEllowship Of The Ring think?
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Pros: Internet increases cognitive abilities. Free and instant information. The ability to connect with others allowing ideas to spread easily and rapidly.
Cons: People thinking the’re experts because they can google search the topic. Distraction. Potentially causes inept social skills.
Grown-ups in the 50′s were saying the exact same thing about rock n roll!
Hypothesis of current generation: This
Reality: The children of every generation soar higher than their parents in science, music, social awareness, technological complexity, physical health – every way imaginable.
I believe that reality is almost unavoidable. Any study of history shows an almost unblemished human record of constant improvement in all facets of life, at the same time each current generation shows a childish need to protect it’s ego by believing “we represent the pinnacle of human evolution, it’s all downhill from here.”
The internet is awesome sauce. It’s making our brains rework some priorities though. We don’t have to remember useless information anymore. No phone numbers, definitions, random facts..we have to opportunity to really select what to remember, and that will be a big part in our evolution methinks. Plus, since our brain isnt in overload trying to remember things all the time, we have a buffer for information, so our brains can use that extra energy to do something else, maybe something we already have, or maybe something we aren’t even used to yet.
Consider the internet like drugs. You can shelter your kids from it for as long as youd like, but chances are they are going to be exposed to it regardless at some point. Might as well enlighten them and teach them the positive/negative in it.
The internet is bigger than all of us and it’s too early to tell exactly what it’s doing to teenagers’ brains. Whatever it is doing to brains is unstoppable, at this point. The bad side is the crazies can all find each other more easily and we are bombarded with too many opinions. As a teacher of teenagers, I see it diminishing individual creativity. Cell phones in general are making kids way too dependent upon their parents.
Just like TV was supposed to be so great for learning, most of it now is just for advertising. Much of the internet is following that same pattern.
I think there is a lot of potential in internet for people to develop themselves, but as long as it is used for entertainment purpose only, the individual in question will most likely become sloth like and uncapable of critical thinking, if capable at all.
@beth, i don’t think it’s the cell phones, maybe it’s the fact that a new phone costs 100$ every two ta four years, which is how much they make a week at a regular job, or the fact that when they go to pay rent it’s 1000$ a month. cell phones makes them more independent, they leave all the time, they always come back yes, but they can do more, with more people, more efficiently with a cell phone.
I just got mind blown by some comments on HE and I’m not a teen. This connection thing. It’s kinda good that people are sharing so much, me included, but not always. I mean, people are talking to strangers with the most kind words. Where does that happen ? “Ruining” would be if someone uses all this information only for their own good, hence ruin themselves for being selfish. That’s what I think.
and the internet is more like the wheel then the TV, this is the brink of a whole new world of invention, intuition on mass scale, when everyone can know exactly what the rest of the world is thinking about the same thing at the same time, that is amazing. imagine voting online from your home (not any time soon, not till it’s feasible like safety wise), when you can poll a question to the infinite amount of people, get their feedback, bring the smartest(and stupidest) minds together to bring rules to a level ground… that is amazing. So i say the internet is NOT bad for us, or teenagers(which i am).
and one more thing, bad for the developing teenagers mind? any teenager without the internet is at a complete disadvantage, socially and ethically/business wise, and trust me, there are plenty of stupid, not well developed in the mind PEOPLE, not just teenagers, who are not giving the rest of the world a very good energy, who don’t use the internet. and that’s not a strike at anyone, just saying i know dumb, what makes dumb people? no support, from education or from parents, but is it their faults? i don’t think it is, but what do i know i’ma mentally disabled internet using teenager! MAYBE!
Interesting points everyone! I don’t know.
When I was a teenager I got addicted to porn… weird for a girl, I know. But it was written porn, not the videos… anyways, I think that definitely negatively impacted my social skills for a little bit. And there is no way that would have happened if I hadn’t had the internet.
What it is is that there was no possible way for our parents to anticipate the freedoms and the pitfalls that the internet provides, so I know that personally I had no tools or checks to keep myself from becoming obsessive or unhealthy with internet use.
I like your idea that if you’re selfish with the internet’s power, you are being unhealthy. That strikes me as true…