Is the ease of access to information killing off independent thought?

The University College London recently announced conclusions from research which suggests that the internet is not harmful to the development of teenage minds. Do you agree with this, from personal experience?

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  1. danmirage

    It depends what their metric for “development” was.

    I have seen teens on internet and computer/phone addiction.  It becomes an appendage.  They panic when it is restricted.

    I believe there is a change in the mind and in the social development, including the conception of what is social and what is interpersonal.

    I also feel that teens are still developing and that the ways internet impacts development, vs being unplugged, are different.

    Is this harmful?  That depends on what the determination of harm is. I think they may be less thoughtful, less resourceful, less conversant, and less skilled at being authentic and interactive with other people.

    …from personal experience.

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