While reading Understanding the Digital Generation I could not help but realize how applicable it was to my life and the lives of my peers. It’s section on neuroplasticity struck me as particularly interesting. The article highlights video games and the effects that that they can have on neuroplasticity over extended periods of time, but I believe that increased screen time in general has a more detrimental effect on neuroplasticity. With a phone in everyone’s pocket, a laptop on everyone’s desk, and a television in every living room, it is nearly impossible to get away from screens in our day to day lives. And with more and more work requiring computers in school, it forces you to wonder the effect that all this screen time has on our minds. We are using screens, at home, on the go, and now more and more in schools; they may be helpful but when is too much of a good thing a bad thing?
With that being said, the article did point out that as humans we are inherently more visual learners and are able to process images much more quickly than text, which draws into question our testing methods. WIth there being a clear shift in society away from text to more of a multimedia driven society why in schools are we still forcing simply text as the dominant form of testing knowledge. Their is an increasing divide between these two realms and at some point one side will have to give way, and if history has shown us anything the older technology is likely the one to go.