You all didn’t think I’d let this discussion go to sleep, did you?
Co-founder of Facebook, Sean Parker, now considers himself a “conscientious objector” to social media. He labels FB and other social media platforms as exploitative. Here’s a quote that stood out:
“The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, … was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’”
What this affirms for me is how misguided a view it is to think that we can routinely compete with devices and social media with screen addicted kids. It’s kind of like telling an alcoholic, “don’t go out drinking tonight, we’ve got something better planned!” If you’ve lived with, among, or loved an addict you know how silly it would be to expect them to be able to control themselves with the object of their addiction constantly in their presence – especially if they don’t even agree there’s a problem!
I’m really interested in finding a reputable screener assessment for screen addiction. I think if we had data on whether our students have a real problem, how serious it is, and how many of them deal with it, we might make more informed choices about practices and policies around this.