Digital Technology Is Gambling With Children's Minds

| November 13, 2018

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The psychological impact of digital technology on K-12 students has been the subject of considerable research. "Internet addiction," video game violence, and cyberbullying have received much attention. The impact of digital life on children's cognition is less familiar to young users, their parents, and teachers. Yet, new technologies have altered key aspects of cognition. Writing, reading, focusing, and remembering have all been transformed, dictating new realities in the classroom and beyond.A large proportion of interpersonal communications among those old enough to have a cellphone occurs over text messaging platforms. As early as 2012, teens between 14 to 17 years old were sending a median of 100 texts a day, according to the Pew Research Center. Much of these communications are in a language that bears little resemblance to the one they are being taught in school.

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