If your house was on fire, would you go out of your way to grab your laptop? Do you have a habit of refreshing your inbox over and over in case someone emailed you in the last 20 seconds? Do you have more Facebook friends than real friends? Could you go a day without your laptop, cell phone, iPad, or a BlackBerry? If not, you might be addicted to technology.
Untangle your life and attend Dakota High School’s free Family Night Out - Psychology of Cyberspace event this Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Part one is titled “What does the research say” and focuses on technology and youth in America and how technology is changing the world. Free pizza will be served and electronic devices, well, should probably stay tucked away... but only for a few hours.
Here’s what’s on the agenda:
- How often are teens texting and using Facebook and Twitter?
- What are teenagers’ favorite ways to communicate with their friends and family?
- How do teens think these new communication tools are affecting their relationships and family relations, if at all?
- How does social networking make most teens feel about themselves and their relationships with their peers? Does it make them feel more connected or isolated? Better about themselves, ore more depressed and lonely?
- How do the heaviest social media users compare to other teens in terms of their social and emotional well-being?
Part two of the seminar: “How Teens View Their Digital Life” is set for Jan. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 586-723-2872. Register online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VT6CHHJ.