Today’s youth are spoiled, misinformed, addicted to their phones and obsessed with selfies. At least, that’s the image some adults have of young people. But are these assumptions correct? For the past Taiwan Phone Number two years, I conducted research on behalf of into the possible influence of technology on the future of democracy. My research shows, among Taiwan Phone Number other things, that young people are much more aware Taiwan Phone Number of information technologies than is often thought. For example, they are much better at recognizing fake news than their parents and do not blindly copy everything they hear or read. In this article I take a closer look at my research. And I show what we can learn from young people when it comes to using new technologies.
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These and other insights about the relationship between technology and democracy are compiled in my new book Alive and Clicking Taiwan Phone Number There Is Hope for Democracy ( affiliate ). Of all time The negative effects of the overuse of technology by young people are a Taiwan Phone Number recurring cause for concern. I myself was born in 1984, so according to Taiwan Phone Number the usual classification I belong to Generation Y. So I am a Millennial. A designation that has now almost been elevated to a term of abuse and is synonymous with naive idealists who have been coddled by their parents and now cannot cope with life’s setbacks. For me, the ‘Y’ symbolizes two worlds coming together: the physical and the digital. As a child I grew up playing outside and building tree houses.
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But in my teens I learned my way around the world wide Taiwan Phone Number just in time. I am also of the generation that grew up with game consoles. In my case the Super Nintendo. I well remember asking for a, let’s face Taiwan Phone Number rather violent fighting game for my birthday: Mortal Combat . Apparently my parents weren’t aware of the brutality of this video game and I got it. On the news, I saw concerned parents, scientists and politicians trying to get the game off the shelves. The game would incite aggression and spawn a violent generation. Mortal Taiwan Phone Number Combat. But despite many concerns, most researchers agree that there is no direct relationship between video game playing and violent behavior. For me personally it has created an aversion to violence.