“Contrary to concerns that the internet would reduce other forms of contact, the evidence shows the opposite: the more internet contact, the more in-person and phone contact. These are not either/or relationships: People use the internet and mobile phones to keep in touch, to arrange get-togethers, and to follow up after they meet. Despite fears that the internet would curb relationships by luring people to the screen and away from in-person contact, the number of important relationships may even have grown.”
Rainie, Lee, and Wellman, Barry. Networked : The New Social Operating System. Cambridge, US: MIT Press, 2012. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 30 January 2017.
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I’m curious about the evidence mentioned here regarding how the internet increases in-person and phone contact. My observations through my 4 years of teaching have developed some concerns of how the internet and mobile devices have reduced other forms of contact for kids. As I listen to my students share about what they did over the weekend, I’m hearing more stories about playing Minecraft or new games on their Ipads rather than play dates with friends. The lure of the screen is strong for a 7 or 8 year old and I wonder how these devices can play a part in developing the relationships of a 2nd grader?