Monday, November 22, 2010

Yes, yes, the internet is a big bad thing, now can we move on?

Another day, another NYT piece, on growing up digital. (For the rest, see here.)

It's always the same old stuff: our brains are changing, the number of distractions has exploded with the internet! Blah blah.

But has it? It doesn't seem to me, at least from the piece, that it was all that easy when I was growing up either. There were always TV shows, there were always friends, there were always story-books. Studying is always hard when you're a kid; that's what parents are for: to make kids study!

My point is: kids always have difficulties studying. The Internet has not exacerbated anything. If it wasn't the internet, it would be video games. Or television. There's always something. Let's not get carried away.

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