Two new studies on the effect that the new technologies are having on children. As always, the picture is mixed and a bit contradictory.
Yes, the new gadgets can help with learning. But only if used wisely.
If technology is good, many children are getting too much of a good thing. All those hours spent in front of screens are conditioning them (and the rest of us, for that matter) to expect everything to happen at the speed of software.
Result: shorter attention spans; lack of focus and concentration; a tendency to give up when an easy answer does not present itself at the click of a button.
What’s the take-home? Like most things, technology is good – in the right dosage.