• Question: Do you think that technologies such as phones and games at taking over the lives of youngsters?

    Asked by Haritha to Anna, Brian, Jacob, Jun, Lin, Mackenzie, Nick, Valerie, Yee Whye on 9 Nov 2019.
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      Jacob Leygonie answered on 9 Nov 2019:

      This is a very smart question in my opinion! I am myself scared by it. Am I looking too much at my screen?

      If one is passionate by games or social networks, then I believe there is no reason to prevent him doing so. After all, one can develop many skills by using those. In particular, creating video is fascinating, as it requires sensitivity to art (graphism, architecture and design of the game), imagination (scenario, innovative gameplays), knowledge in computer science, etc.

      I do not think video games and social network are any better or worse than any other passion. But as for any passion, one should be careful not to forget everything else and keep doing other things, e.g. see friends, do sport, get interested in other topics, etc.

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      Valerie Bradley answered on 11 Nov 2019:

      I think they’re taking over everyone’s lives! I think that there are incredible benefits to having technology everywhere (in terms of safety, having an incredible amount of information at your fingertips, allowing you to keep in touch with friends and family all over the world, and enabling us to have this event!), but there are certainly downsides as well (eg. spending so much time on your phone that you don’t connect with the people around you). I think it’s all about how we use technology, and about finding the right balance. For example, I always have my phone around, but turn off notifications when I’m in social settings and set limits on how much time I spend on social media.

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      Lin Shuyu answered on 12 Nov 2019:

      Um, this is a hard question! I actually do not think these technologies are taking over the lives of the young generation. Every generation has a popular technology that almost everyone at the time is crazy about. I think TV and Internet were the killer technology for my childhood. I spent so much time watching TV and surfing Internet, such as reading novels and chatting to friends. At that time, my mum was always worried that I wouldn’t be able to make it university… which is apparently too much a concern, as I’m at Oxford doing a PhD. (I think she’s now worried more about whether I know any friends or whether I ever sleep…) I think being interested, passionate or crazy about one thing/ some things is okay. But you mustn’t forget the connection of the thing you love to the real world and to the people you care about.

      I do think the young generation is heavily affected by digital technology, such as smart phones, apps and so on, but I think this is just a characteristics of them. I do think this is good or bad. It’s just different from the background that I grew up with.