There are two popular – but opposing – ideas about the internet and young people: Internet makes them more stupid versus Internet empowers them and we should look at the kids to now our future.
Kathryn Mills made a review of the existing evidence and concludes:
Adults are concerned about the effects of new technologies on the developing brain.
Different aspects of Internet use have different effects on adolescent health.
Neuroimaging research on this topic has focused on nonrepresentative samples.
- There is currently no evidence that typical Internet use harms the adolescent brain.
And there are also some interesting facts in her article in Cell:
Although it is unclear how time spent specifically using the Internet relates to physical activity, a longitudinal study of 11–13-year-olds (n = 908) suggests that engaging in screen-based sedentary behaviors such as computer use is not associated with less engagement in leisure-time physical activities
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