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girls –in both iinstances, through online engagement with others). 4. The perception that technology is to be blamed for negative effects on the young is questionable as such effects already existed in the past, especially in terms of the inability of the young to reflect, contemplate and truly digest information: - critics (known as “distraction theorists”) claim that the new mass literary landscape promotes superficial understanding of issues and undermines the ability of proper contemplation which is critical for proper understanding and purposeful & responsible responses to these issues. - however, experts are pointing out the fact that such claims have accompanied every advance in communications technology & highlight that most of the troubles attributed to the internet and digital technology “have served as topics of concern in previous centuries..”(“Age of Distraction: Why the idea digital devices are destroying our concentration and memory is a myth” – Frank Furedi of the Independent). - In fact, given the array of online resources in every field of learning (from formal education to the medical field to the business arena), the possibilities of engaging the learner have exponentially increased; hence, technology cannot bear the main blame for negative impacts on the young. 5.The very technology that is changing the world for young people has forced them to adapt to the changing circumstances of a digitalised world to survive and thrive: -This has also encouraged them to explore new ideas such as Uber & Watsapp to kick-start money-saving technologies for others. Hence, the impact of technology on young people is far from negative. -They have also challenged the traditional idea of 9 – 5 work routines which many adults are familiar with in a bid to increase better work-life balance, and this has introduced the idea of telecommuting, especially useful for young parents, given the
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