ERIC Number: ED130761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jan-30
Reference Count: 0
The Technological Distortion of the Child's World: The Loss of Interaction.
Cohen, Dorothy H.
This paper discusses the effects of a technological society on the growth and development of children. There is a feeling among preschool and elementary teachers that many children today are excitable, unable to commit themselves to an activity, unable to concentrate well, and speak glibly without understanding. These teachers speculate that imagination may be gradually decreasing among today's children. Technology, which stresses efficiency and speed, results in a growing separation between individual effort and the product of that effort. People have come to measure themselves by the qualities prized in technology (speed, precision, strength, etc.) instead of human qualities (reflection, imagination, feeling, etc.). In a physical sense, children are surrounded by an environment that stresses bigness, the non-intimate, the non-personal, and the distant. Children's television presents images of images, mechanical and sterile versions of flesh and blood reality. Many children seem no longer able to play well, and play is crucial to the child's developing into a fully functioning adult. Although technology has the potential to expand and enrich the scope of human experience, it is urgent now that our focus be on countering its power to deplete and perhaps destroy significant aspects of human functioning. (MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (New York, New York, January 26-31, 1975)