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The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected

The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected

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  • It is becoming apparent that print publications—magazines, newspapers and books—are becoming luxuries as the internet becomes more widely accessible. Spending time with, and money on, printed media, creates a more engaged reader, someone who is more likely to be a critical reader, more willing to challenge

    It is becoming apparent that print publications—magazines, newspapers and books—are becoming luxuries as the internet becomes more widely accessible. Spending time with, and money on, printed media, creates a more engaged reader, someone who is more likely to be a critical reader, more willing to challenge ideas, to ask questions. Skimming headlines on social media might inform, but doesn’t ask people to question the source or the ideas. And there are too many distractions coming from devices to keep attention on any topic for long. We need to train kids from a young age to focus. Printed materials are the best way to start.

  • It’s not whether you’re rich or poor - much more to do with your parents. The percentage of kids with nannies is in the single digits. And those kids have other issues to deal with. Glad to see some parents putting effort into making some real change.

    But what do I know, I still think books are awesome.

  • I read newspapers online but read books in print since I find I retain more with print. With news I go to my traditional reads Washington Post, NY Times and Financial Times.

  • I think part of the problem is that affluent families see screens and tech as a way to augment their already comfortable lives, so it’s less of a jump to put the screen away. For struggling families, or even the middle class, screens can become an escape or a substitute for an unpleasant life, which

    I think part of the problem is that affluent families see screens and tech as a way to augment their already comfortable lives, so it’s less of a jump to put the screen away. For struggling families, or even the middle class, screens can become an escape or a substitute for an unpleasant life, which creates a totally different type of relationship between tech and peiple

  • Technological access and usage has become an unprecedented socio-psychological experiment on American children and their cognitive development.

    "People in this region of the world understand that the real thing is everything that’s happening around big data, AI, and that is not something that you’re

    Technological access and usage has become an unprecedented socio-psychological experiment on American children and their cognitive development.

    "People in this region of the world understand that the real thing is everything that’s happening around big data, AI, and that is not something that you’re going to be particularly good at because you have a cellphone in fourth grade."