Mine Conkbayir

Why you can’t phone in human interaction

Mine Conkbayir believes our obsession with electronic devices is starving children of face-to-face time. Here, she explains how teachers can help turn things around

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A family sits around the dinner table, each member in deep concentration, attentively watching and listening to what is in front of them. The only issue is that they are not communicating with one another, but are on their individual electronic devices.

It has become all too common for some families to spend time together without communicating with each other. Young children play hand-held computer games and visit social media websites on their tablets, while primary carers spend time online or talking on their mobile phones.

It’s just one way that, as a society, we are less directly involved ...

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