Face time, not Facebook

| March 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

A new study of 3 461 American girls aged between eight and 12 confirms what parents and teachers across the globe have long suspected: that consistent use of social media can cause children to develop serious social problems.

The study, authored by academics at Stanford University, found that teens who spend their waking hours text messaging and checking into Facebook, MySpace, FaceTime or YouTube, do not understand normal human interaction.

Study leader Clifford Nass, a Professor in Stanford’s Communications faculty, said that social skills are only learned when people talk face-to-face. “Kids have to learn about emotion, and the way they do that is by paying attention to other people. They have to really look them in the eye,” Nass said, urging parents and teachers to make scheduled personal interactions a priority.

Category: Autumn 2012, e-Education

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