The struggle to develop empathy and interpersonal communication skills in a digital world – Harvard Business Review

Digital Natives Are Slow to Pick Up Nonverbal Cues – John K. Mullen – Harvard Business Review.

research suggests that excessive, long-term exposure to electronic environments is reconfiguring young people’s neural networks and possibly diminishing their ability to develop empathy, interpersonal relations, and nonverbal communication skills. One study indicates that because there’s only so much time in the day, face-to-face interaction time drops by nearly 30 minutes for every hour a person spends on a computer. With more time devoted to computers and less to in-person interactions, young people may be understimulating and underdeveloping the neural pathways necessary for honing social skills.”

 

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