Sunday, 7 August 2011

Does the Internet and Gaming impact on Boys?

Philip Zimbardo makes some interesting points about the amount of time boys spend gaming and the amount of porn viewed by teenage boys and the impact that this may have on relationships and the ability to be intimate (emotionally and physically) with the opposite sex. It seems easy to blame the internet for societies problems but he does raise what I think is an excellent point about boys brains being digitally rewired for chance, novelty, excitement and constant arousal making them totally out of place in todays analog classrooms which by comparison are static and passive. I think this throws up massive challenges for teachers who have to constantly be aware of new technologies that will support learning in the classroom and how to use them. Education departments also have to provide the infrastructure and budgets for schools to provide appropriate software programs for their students.

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