Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks

Before game consoles, Game Boys and smartphones, kids only came home to watch their favorite TV show. These days, kids have to be forced outside. Usually by tossing their iPhone out the front door.

Whether it’s reaching the next level in Candy Crush or doomscrolling on Instagram, we can’t get enough of our phones. Our obsession with screens is changing our lives. 

And our brains.

In fact, everything we do changes the connections in our brain. No matter how old and worn the walnut in your skull, every new experience stimulates the brain to create new pathways. That remarkable feature is called brain plasticity.

So you can teach old dogs new tricks. But brain plasticity isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.

Scientist Susan Greenfield believes digital media pose a big threat to our wellbeing. Greenfield regularly cites studies that link a disproportionate use of screens to decreased skills of empathy, decreased learning ability, and increased delusions of grandeur.

Pretty grim. 

While she may seem like a grumpy Luddite with a science degree, Greenfield is not against all portable gadgets and doohickeys, only against technologies that turn us into dopamine junkies.

If we don’t harness technology properly, all education of the future may have to be delivered in bitsized blog posts.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach