Salon: Are smartphones making kids dumber?

By January 2, 2019 No Comments
Technologies are seductive. Kids are enticed by vibrant pixels and sounds that whet their appetite for entertainment. Teens increasingly seek validation online – this thirst instantly gratified by global live-streaming platforms such as Periscope. Studies have shown that screen addiction leads to atrophy in parts of the brain that govern executive functions, and parents impose screen-time curfews on their children. Yet the pressure is on for job seekers to possess sophisticated digital skills. Is this the way forward? Do tech savvy kids get a head start? In a battle of the generations, hear what the kids and parents have to say.

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Kai Elmer Sotto was part of pioneering Facebook’s growth discipline, growing it to over a billion users. After Facebook, he launched and built Instagram’s business internationally. Today, he collaborates with organisations to understand communities better, and as such drive growth.

Kat van Zutphen has been building things all her life, from model rockets to massive mobile networks. Kat is the author of an upcoming book, Show Me, Don’t Tell Me. Bring Your Ideas to Life through Rapid Prototyping. She is the Group Account Director at SapientRazorfish, a company that helps other businesses reimagine themselves for the connected world.

Neil Stewart is shaping the way we all connect and spend time online. He is the Head of Agency – Asia Pacific at Facebook. Neil helps advertising, media, and digital agencies better understand and harness the power of Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms for their clients.

Scott Bales is the Managing Director at Innovation Labs Asia, digital and innovation strategist, global futurist, keynote speaker at TEDx, and author of the best-selling book, Mobile Ready: Connecting With The Untethered Consumer. Scott also works closely with mobile operators to enable brands to engage the mobile social generation.

Aidan Lee is a creative, an entertainer, and a student at Tanglin Trust School.

Maya Nicholson is an avid rock climber, social media expert, and student at United World College South East Asia.

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