I work as a Speech Pathologist, I’m all about talking and making relationships…in person:rofl: The research is now coming out on the ability of kids to actually carry on a conversation in person with peers and adults. It’s not good. There appears to be increasing anxiety around the area of personal interaction.
Although technology gives them a way to contact/share with others in an instant, it’s not teaching them deeper conversation skills…remember the conversations you had in college??? Ok, there may have been other things that helped that along…but, I was just at a campus…in a commons area. It was spooky quiet. About 60 kids were in there, on their phones, totally ignoring the presence of the others…just doing their own thing. Then, after going to a restaurant, we witnessed a mom ignoring her 2-3 year old because she was busy on her phone. After the little girl said “mom” about 20 times, the girl added a slight touch…moving to a harder smack which got mom’s attention. Then the mom had a screaming fit about not hitting your mom. It’s not about the technology, it’s about unlimited access and lack of information regarding consequences. When I told one of my students that the phone needed to go away for our session and that it was disrespectful to be chatting on facebook while I was having a one to one interaction with her…she was surprised!
When I talked to a group of SECA kids (who were skipping class) about whether they thought they were addicted to their phones, they said they never thought about it, but then asked “Can you be???”. Then I watch these same girls with their babies…choosing a phone over parenting. BLECH!
So I think making a conscious effort to talk to the kids about addiction…“Your Brain on a Cell Phone”…is not only worthwhile, but crucial. There are generations of kids depending on it. Time for the adults to step up.