Excerpt from article by Meredith Melnick:
Much of your research focuses on the reaction of children and young teenagers to technology. What are the potential effects of technology on the social learning of young people?
After dinner, let's say your parents pull out their BlackBerrys, or during dinner, people have their BlackBerrys next to their plates, which was the situation for so many of the kids I interviewed. Or, while your mother is reading you Harry Potter, she has her iPhone on the bedside table in case an important call comes in. You're learning that taking that half-hour to be in a little bubble with your child — with everything that entails — is not really important. So I think these kids are learning that they never really get what they call "full attention." And full attention becomes this [unattainable] jewel in the crown.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2041714,00.html#ixzz1B3QmIhzz
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