Dumbed down: the troubling science of how technology is rewiring kids' brains “All of the things that technology was supposed to make us better at – communicating, understanding, doing many things at once – we’re doing worse.” By: Laura Manfredi, Traydese Roth, and Racheal Lopez
Barbara Arrowsmith Young Arrowsmith School treats learning disabilities Young: Struggled with dyslexia Psychology graduate Her theory: “A person can transform weak areas of the brain through repetitive and targeted cognitive exercises”
Continued… Schools are in US and Canada In 2003, TCDSB comprehension rates of learning increased 1½ to 3 times Young people have a type of ADD Theirproblems: Thinking ProblemSolving TaskCompletion GettingDistractedEasily Trouble with Non-verbal Thinking Face Expressions Body Language
Facts We are Digital Natives On average: Approx.: 8½ hrs a day absorb digital and video sensory By 20: Approx.: 20 000 hrs. on the web 10 000 hrs. playing video games
Dr. Gary Small Dr. Gary Small: renowned neuroscientist Beleive the human brain has been affected quickly and dramatically Performed Experiment: A “savvy” and “naïve” computer user 5 hours each on Google Savvy remained the same in the brain Naïve rewired their brain
Our society is turning off their frontal lobes. Better known as “video game brain.” We are developing a generation with underdeveloped frontal lobes. Digital natives are miles ahead of where we used to be, but are not using this to their advantage. We spend so much time online, that we have fewer face to face interactions. Consequences? We have more information on hands then ever and yet we know less.
Stress, No Time It’s not what you learn, it’s what you know. We depend on machines and technology, which leads humans to do less thinking, losing our mental sources. We use less and less of our brain, it’s all a cut and paste learning process. We become intellectually lazy We no longer have time to reflect, contemplate or make decisions. Our brain eventually can’t take this “strain” and eventually shuts down, we get “brain fog”, which leads to depression.