Acknowledging the Dark Side of Connectivity, Devices, and Media: A Teacher Education Imperative

ID: 52650 Type: Full Paper
  1. Ann Cunningham, Wake Forest University, United States

Wednesday, March 28 4:15-4:45 PM Location: Edison E View on map

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Abstract: What we once embraced as tools for productivity and communication have now become a gateway to social relationships, entertainment, and in the worst case scenario, psychological torment. A growing body of evidence relating to the physiological, psychological, and social impact associated with the use of internet devices and apps now exists. The results are not always positive and the impact on human brains and emotions is fast becoming an area of study, and in many cases, of general concern. A body of research is emerging that reveals how excessive screen-time impacts normal brain functions as well as social and emotional behaviors. Educators and teacher educators need to be prepared to support a generation of students as they navigate the pitfalls of an addiction to connectivity and devices that have proven to affect their cognition, socio-emotional wellbeing, self-control, and their face-to-face relationships with other humans. This paper shares findings related to the impact of excessive screen time as well as the rising value of developing socio-emotional skills in a 21st century global economy.

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