Plugged in

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Plugged in
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Wed, 07-27-2011 - 10:40am

I have not encountered any research or articles about this, but I was wondering about this....

I see younger people walking around constantly "plugged in." They have headphones or cell phones.


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In reply to: naomi_njw
Wed, 07-27-2011 - 4:47pm
Very interesting topic! I found a NY Times series that talks about your brain on computers, and these articles relate to what you are asking, although it's based more on adults:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/technology/07brain.html?adxnnl=1&ref=yourbrainoncomputers&adxnnlx=1311799185-l3yg4qAh3tZ+VHPM9XJ2JQ

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/25/technology/25brain.html?ref=yourbrainoncomputers

I do think it's important that are kids are unplugged for as much as possible. They need time to just enjoy their surroundings, and learn how to entertain themselves with their own thoughts.

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In reply to: naomi_njw
Wed, 07-27-2011 - 8:37pm

"scientists point to an unanticipated side effect: when people keep their brains busy with digital input, they are forfeiting downtime that could allow them to better learn and remember information, or come up with new ideas. . . .


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In reply to: naomi_njw
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 11:22pm

The brain needs to rest and think things through in order to store any new information. That's how we learn. If you're always putting music and other digital media in your brain, it never has time to settle. You have to let your brain rest. I'd be willing to bet we'll be seeing a result form being plugged in documented more readily soon - kids will either be suffering more short term memory loss by not processing information or they will need to keep up the chatter in the background as thier baseline for learning.

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Tue, 08-02-2011 - 3:28pm

. . . or they will need to keep up the chatter in the background as thier baseline for learning.

I think that is correct, and may explain some problems at school and such. I think I am already seeing that in some kids. But that seems sad... I love my times of quiet. When I was a teen, my favorite time of day was going outside with my dog early in the mornings before the busy-ness of the day began. It was quiet. The mountainside was always different. The sky was always different. The world felt like it was mine....


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