The lecture of Susan Greenfield
‘’A students analysis and comment on a leading neuroscientist’s warning’’
‘’Technologies such as Facebook, Twitter and Second life can alter the way our minds work. We must take this issue of computers seriously because what could be more important than the brains of the next generation?’’ Says Susan Greenfield in her warning about how Facebook addiction is damaging your child’s brain. This is a student’s response on a leading neuroscientist’s lecture. Susan Greenfield’s intention with this lecture was to warn parents about letting their children have access to the internet. But should we be concerned about the future, children’s brain development, relationships to the real world and our ability to interact.
On page 47, line 26-29 Susan Greenfield says; ‘’ Yet 99 per cent of children and young people use the internet, according to an Ofcom study. In 2005, the average time children spent online was 7.1 hours per week. By 2007, it had almost doubled to 13.8 hours.’’ She uses logos as a mode of appeal. She appeals to the common sense. She uses numbers, facts and definite information. She sticks to being realistic and avoids being emotional. In this body paragraph I reflect on one of my central themes which is ‘’our ability to interact’’. Now a day’s building a Facebook profile is one way that individuals can identify themselves, making them feel important. A lot of people are insecure about themselves and find it easier to interact and communicate online because they become less embarrassed and less concerned about how they will be evaluated by the people they are interacting with online. The consequences of interacting online are problems with social skills which we need in the real world to be able to communicate and build relationships. You cannot live your life behind a screen. Some day you will have to socialize with real people in the real world and the only thing stopping you is your addiction to Facebook and the insecurity...