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Friday, February 9, 2018

SOCIAL MEDIA'S POWER

I love my computers. I have two. They've both been broken for more than a week. They've been back and forth to the computer repair two and maybe going on three times.  It might be that my modem is too slow to accommodate the speed of my internet. That'll take me a little longer to find out. In the mean time, this one is working well enough to make a post. FINALLY...

In watching kids with various kinds of technology, I've always worried that technology is addictive. I mean look at these expressions. 

Then, I didn't know that a number of former Google, Facebook and early investors in technology think the same thing.These knowledgeable members of the tech community are mounting a huge campaign to teach people about "the dangers of technology they helped create," founding organizations to bring the "Truth about Technology" to the public. Non-profits with millions of dollars,The Center for Humane Technology, Common Sense Media and others, want to inspire tech companies to design their products with the addiction of technology in mind and to guide governments on how to protect their constituents.

On  February 7, Tristan Harris (check him out on Linkedin), design ethicist and product philosopher for at Google until 2016, health experts and lawmakers in Common Sense Media's conference, "Truth about Tech: How Tech Has Kids Hooked." James Steyer, CEO and founder of Common Sense warns parents "Tech companies are conducting a massive, real-time experiment on our kids."

I remember when I was looking for a preschool for my 3-year-old. Somehow I mistakenly thought a local well-known university childcare program would certainly be the best. When I went to interview the head of the childcare center, I was shocked to learn that the childcare center was excited to offer a new program. An international tech company was offering them a fantastically expensive computer lab. All the childcare center had to do was take their three-year-old students to work with in the lab for three house a day. I was not about to let my three-year-old sit for three hours a day, let alone sit in front of computers for three hours a day. I left, knowing that many parents would jump at the universities recommended and free program for three-year-olds.

 The new campaign "cites research about tech addiction and the harmful affects of social media on children and adults. I didn't let my daughter near computers, I to quote my father, "let her play instead." By 2nd grade, she tested at the 12th grade level in social studies in the tedious public school's yearly testing.

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