Full text of award-winning author Ben Halpert’s talk: Technology Addiction and What you Can do About It at TEDxSaintThomas event.
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Ben Halpert – Author
Right now, an unborn child is being socialized online — and being liked and commented on.
Right now, a child is being born online and being favorited and retweeted all with the appropriate hashtags. So it’s no wonder that 92% of two-year olds in the United States of America have an online record because parents have been socializing their children since conception.
Right now, an infant is getting their first laptop – that’s soft and squishy and makes noise and they’re snuggling with it.
Right now, an infant is getting their first iPhone and learning to tap and swipe all while drooling on it. 92% of two-year-olds play video games because that is what parents are putting in front of their precious children to keep them entertained and quiet.
Right now, an 18 month old is learning to walk while also learning to text and drive.
Right now, a toddler is getting their first laptop designed just for them – not soft and squishy anymore – made of plastic real keys, feedback makes noise. They love it for about a week and then they get bored.
Right now, a child is getting a tablet designed just for them and they love it for about two weeks and then they get bored because what they really want is what mom and dad have, and what mom and dad are always on.