Many people have asked me to explain what nature deficit disorder is, and what I mean when I speak about digital obesity. So I made this short video!
Swiss-German futurist and writer Gerd Leonhard drew attention to the vital risks of "digital obesity" in a forum organized by TedMEM Ankara, Turkey.
From Magic to Manic to Toxic: Free MP3 of chapter 6 from Futurist Gerd’s book ‘Technology vs Humanity’ (very timely:)
This is chapter 6 of my book 'Technology vs Humanity' and it seems to be more relevant than ever, so now you can download this Audiobook Chapter for free, in multiple languages - links at the bottom of this post.
"Facebook is acting like a hostile foreign power; it’s time we treated it that way." Adrienne LaFrance / Via 'The Atlantic' (my high-lights)
“It’s hard to be a moral person. Technology is making it harder.” Sigal Samuel on technology use (my high-lights)
"Many a bystander has witnessed a car accident or a fist-fight and taken out their phone to film the drama rather than rushing over to see if the victim needs help."
How to develop a Future Mindset? Why the end of routine does not mean the end of work...
New podcast: conversation on Digital Ethics, Chapter 10 of Gerd Leonhard’s book ‘Technology vs Humanity’. Technology does not have ethics – but we must!
In this podcast Peter Van and me talk about Chapter ...
Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant are changing how we interact with the world by doing it for us (via TheNextWeb, on VUIs)
“A survey of more than 1,500 online shoppers revealed that ...
Offline is the new luxury! A short conversation with Futurist, Keynote Speaker and Author Gerd Leonhard
Download the MP4 file: PUBLIC #6-Offline-Luxury-GERD-LEONHARD-Sophia-series-2018 low res2 34MB All else at ...
The advent of the smartphone and its cousin the tablet was followed quickly by hand-wringing about the deleterious effects of “screen time.” But the impact of these devices has not been fully appreciated, and goes far beyond the usual concerns about curtailed attention spans. The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health. These changes have affected young people in every corner of the nation and in every type of household. The trends appear among teens poor and rich; of every ethnic background; in cities, suburbs, and small towns. Where there are cell towers, there are teens living their lives on their smartphone.
To those of us who fondly recall a more analog adolescence, this may seem foreign and troubling. The aim of generational study, however, is not to succumb to nostalgia for the way things used to be; it’s to understand how they are now. Some generational changes are positive, some are negative, and many are both. More comfortable in their bedrooms than in a car or at a party, today’s teens are physically safer than teens have ever been. They’re markedly less likely to get into a car accident and, having less of a taste for alcohol than their predecessors, are less susceptible to drinking’s attendant ills.
Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.”
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? - The Atlantic
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