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Is Social Media Making Kids (And Adults) Lose The Ability To Think?

Baroness Susan Greenfield, a senior research fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford University, and author of the 2015 book, Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains, says social media may be causing a generation of children to lose their ability to think clearly, and empathize, and communicate. She’s worried that children are experiencing more instant gratification and losing their “inner narrative.”

In an interview with The Telegraph, she says “What I predict is that people are going to be like three-year-olds: emotional, risk-taking, poor social skills, weak self-identity and short attention spans.”

We notice that even adults including us who spend time on social media, whether for work or leisure, find transitioning to other activities can often be challenging.

Search engines alone can cause shifts in thinking.

How many times have we googled a solution to a problem that we could have thought through ourselves? Does this make us lazy? Impatient?

In the following video, Susan Greenfield says that technology, and especially social media, is changing the brain, especially in the areas of cognitive analysis and abstract thought.

Is Social Media Making Kids (And Adults) Lose The Ability To Think?

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC is the author of Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On Without Wasting Time or Money and is licensed in addiction and psychotherapy with over 25 years experience as well as a consultant to organizations and companies in the fields of mental health and addiction. He is the executive director of an outpatient behavioral health program. Learn more about Richard here.


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& C.R. Zwolinski, R. (2018). Is Social Media Making Kids (And Adults) Lose The Ability To Think?. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 12, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapy-soup/2018/08/is-social-media-making-kids-and-adults-lose-the-ability-to-think/

 

Last updated: 9 Aug 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 9 Aug 2018
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