KNOE 8: New research says screen time does not negatively affect children’s intelligence

UC social/behavioral expert Anthony Chemero explains that tech doesn't dumb us down

Despite fears, there is no scientific evidence that shows that smartphones and digital technology harm our biological cognitive abilities,” says Anthony Chemero, a professor of philosophy and psychology, in the UC College of Arts and Sciences, who co-authored a paper stating such in Nature Human Behaviour.

In the paper, Chemero and colleagues at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management expound on the evolution of the digital age, explaining how smart technology supplements thinking, thus helping us to excel. 

This opinion paper has been widely cited by media and was cited by KNOE 8 news to support a new study out of Sweden.  

Computers, tablets and smart phones, Chemero says, function as an auxiliary, serving as tools which are good at memorization, calculation and storing information and presenting information when you need it.

Chemero was featured in a UC News story and was highlighted by the news syndication corporation Ivanhoe. The syndicated interview was distributed on dozens of news sites.

Read the article.

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