This article is providing good perspectives on how Twitter and other social media may have an impact on the way you learn or how you make connections with people.
The predominant criticism for Twitter is making us having shorter and shorter attention span like calculator did with our ability to memorize math facts. However blaming technology won’t help bad parenting or bad teachers not able to captivate the students’ attention and inspire them.
If children are obese because they eat junk food and drink sodas, it is the parents’ responsibility to educate and be a role model, set boundaries and say no. If you eat while watching TV you are basically saying to your kids that it is OK to multi-task and not focus on either the food or the news!
My point is this : technology has evolved since the first Homo sapiens used a stone as a tool to break a coconut. Nowadays you cannot stop the wave of new electronic technologies but you can learn to surf on it. Twitter and Facebook do bring great features helping making real connections and bring people together from all over the world for good causes. For example we saw the great role of social media to support the Japan earthquake victims or allow free speech in non-democratic countries.
Is Twitter addictive ? Absolutely yes, for some of us, like tobacco or alcohol. Drinking good wines does not make you automatically an alcoholic!
Does Twitter make your children stupid? certainly NOT ! Kids learn different things that will help them thrive in their increasingly fast-paced, global world. Generation gap always existed with or without Facebook. By the way the fastest growing segment for Facebook is baby-boomers who are retiring.
So don’t blame Facebook if your kids don’t communicate with you but ask yourself questions: Are you a role model ? Do you set clear rules and consequences ? Do you truly listen and focus on what they say, not checking emails or watching TV at the same time ?
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