“Digital Dementia” in kids—and—Americans say they like social media but want more “face to face” interaction Show Notes

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Some South Korean doctors are worried that children in their country are suffering from a new form of brain syndrome brought about by overuse of digital media.

The physicians call the condition "digital dementia," and they say constant tech use may be causing an imbalance between the right and left sides of the brain.

The brain’s left side controls reasoning and language functions, and it given a heavy workout by digital devices.

But the more creative right side of the brain doesn't get nearly as much attention when using digital media, and the doctors say it leaves it "untapped or underdeveloped,"

By the way, South Korea has the highest smartphone ownership in the world, with more than two-thirds of its citizens owning one.

Here at home, many of us say they although we like using social media, what we REALLY want is to spend more time with our loved ones. 

More than 90-percent of those responding to a new Chinet poll say social media has helped them catch up with people they haven't seen in a while, and they appreciate that technology gives them a way to stay in touch with others on a regular basis. 

But the majority of Americans are also finding that technology-generated interactions are less fulfilling. More than 80-percent say they miss spending meaningful time and sharing special moments with the people they care about. 

Three out of four people in the poll said social media encounters lack the emotional depth of actual gatherings, and they miss feeling like they are "truly part of a group." 

Since God has designed us for close, meaningful relationships, this doesn’t surprise me. 1st Peter 1:22 tells us to “love one another deeply, from the heart.” 

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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