Digital Distraction: Are Smartphones Dumbing Down Students?

New York-based psychotherapist and author of The Power of Off , Nancy Colier says today’s teens — especially girls — are having to decide between social isolation and compulsive monitoring of social media. (Girls tend to use social media more for social interaction and celeb-following, while boys use it for gaming). With two children aged six and 14, Colier says the smartphone’s a “gigantic issue in our house”. It’s partly why she wrote her book. “Right now, if you’re [a teen] not monitoring the group chats, you’re effectively out of the entire social scene. More and more kids are turning over their self-esteem to the popularity they can achieve through social media.”

Read the full article in The Irish Examiner http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/healthandlife/digital-distraction-are-smartphones-dumbing-down-students-457223.html

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