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Do computers make you stupid?

More and more children are coming into contact with computers and the Internet at an early age and are growing up with them. Many young people and adults can no longer imagine their life without digital media and even become dependent on them. Warns of this Brain researcher Manfred Spitzer from the University of Ulm. According to him, it is going down Efficiency of the brain, because computers do the intellectual work for us.

The media educator Stefan Aufenanger does not agree with this thesis: “I defend myself against itto say that the computer did everything badly and everything used to be better. ”He believes that digital media, when used correctly, open up many opportunities to learn something:“ The computer offers more Illustrative material, offers more opportunities to try something out. "

Education researcher Wassilios Fthenakis also warns of one Demonization of digital media: “All the research does not provide any evidence that the media per se damage. It harms the content, it harms the duration and when children use content faced that are not their age correspond". Here see the two educational researchers the parents in responsibility.

If parents have the impression that their son or daughter is spending too much time at the computer, they should talk to their child about it. Just close the computer from the nursery to ban, is not the right way. The education researcher Fthenakis says: "Bans change the situation usually not, sometimes aggravate they even do them. "


Laptop that
(from English) a small computer that you can take with you on the go

Navi, the - Abbreviation for: navigation system; electronic device designed to guide a car to its destination

Smartphone (from English) a mobile phone that is also a small computer

increasing - always more

digital media - technical devices such as computers or digital telephones

someone / something is shaped by something - someone / something is strongly influenced by something

Brain researcher who - a scientist studying the work of the brain

defend against something - here: reject something; not accept something

something opens up an opportunity - something creates an opportunity

Illustrative material that - the pictorial or graphic representation of something, which makes something easier to understand

Demonization, the - the fact that something is being made worse than it is

per se - basically

confront someone with something - here: show someone something

something corresponds to someone / something - here: something fits someone / something

to see someone responsible - someone is responsible for something in the opinion of others

banish something - here: remove something

usually - here: mostly

Questions about the text

. What is true Not? According to some researchers, frequent use of digital media is harmful because it ...
a) makes one's own thinking superfluous.
b) can be addictive.
c) makes violent.

2. Education researchers warn that digital media will ...
a) used
b) convicted
c) assessed

3. What should parents do Not do to prevent children from spending too much time at the computer?
a) talk to the children
b) Look for other employment opportunities together with the children
c) prohibit the use of computers

4. What can not be a plural form?
a) Content
b) computer
c) researchers

5. Which sentence is grammatically wrong?
a) Digital media offer many opportunities and threats at the same time.
b) Today there are computers in almost every child's room.
c) You cannot achieve anything through a ban.

Work order
Which digital media do you use? How often and for what purpose do you do this? Would you find it difficult to do without it? Report course to him! What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital media?

Authors: Arnd Riekmann / Olja Ebel
Editor: Ingo Pickel