Dystopian Futures Are So Hot Right Now
By Krupali Cescau|Head of Planning
“Twitter will make children illiterate in 20 years", says novelist Howard Jacobson.
This was the headline that made recent news, which yet again, obliges us to visit the question of whether technology is rotting the minds of our young people. We are seeing no end to these sensationalist statements, and it’s time to debunk some of these ‘facts’ made in isolation and rooted in personal experience.
Jacobson says “we will have children who can’t read, who don’t want to read”, and claims that his concentration has been “shot” by his computer screen. So, could there be any truth in Jacobson’s argument or is his statement a mere fad, backed up by the fear of the unknown?
There have been studies that work in his favour, Pew Research Centre USA, surveyed 2,500 teachers and found that 87% felt modern technologies were creating an "easily distracted generation with short attention spans".
But, in that same survey, 77% thought that the internet had a "mostly positive" impact on students' research work, whilst Common Sense Media found that teachers favoured the use of technology when it came to finding information and multitasking, ultimately helping rather than hurting our young people.