Are you raising kids who can't read body language?
You know that technology is changing our lives. But did you know that it is also changing our brains? According to UCLA's Memory and Aging Research Center, this is true for everyone, but it is most relevant for your children — those “digital natives” who were born into a world of laptops and cell phones, text messaging and tweeting and who have been accused of spending too much time using technology and too little time engaging in direct social contact.
Researchers are discovering that daily exposure to computers, smart phones, video games, Internet search engines, etc. stimulates brain cell alteration and neurotransmitter release, gradually strengthening new neural pathways while weakening old ones.
There is real value in the new brain circuitry your children are creating -- including a heightened ability to react more quickly to visual stimuli and to shift through large amounts of information rapidly to decide what’s important and what isn’t.