iPhones | Steve Jobs | Nature Deficit Disorder

17/12/2011 23:23

“Oxford University neuroscientist,Susan Greenfield ……. argues that children are in danger of confusing the fictional life of the web with real life, detailing the case of two 11-year-old girls who beat up two other girls and then couldn’t understand why they just didn’t get back onto their feet. In the real world seriously wounded people can’t perform this feat. In other words the distinction between what’s on a screen and what’s out there is getting rather woolly — at least for the upcoming generation.

Whether we get children to re-connect with nature through the real thing or with clever apps, if the present trend continues, we may be raising a generation unable to cope with regular nature, let alone the vagaries of climate change.”

Tess Michaels