Bowles (2018). The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected.

Bowles, N. (2018, October 26). The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected. The New York Times. Retrieved from

“… as Silicon Valley’s parents increasingly panic over the impact screens have on their children and move toward screen-free lifestyles, worries over a new digital divide are rising. It could happen that the children of poorer and middle-class parents will be raised by screens, while the children of Silicon Valley’s elite will be going back to wooden toys and the luxury of human interaction.” (¶4)

[Richard Freed …]

“He worries especially about how the psychologists who work for these companies make the tools phenomenally addictive, as many are well-versed in the field of persuasive design (or how to influence human behavior through the screen). Examples: YouTube next video autoplays; the slot machine-like pleasure of refreshing Instagram for likes; Snapchat streaks.” (¶10)

“‘There’s a message out there that your child is going to be crippled and in a different dimension if they’re not on the screen,’ said Pierre Laurent, a former Microsoft and Intel executive now on the board of trustees at Silicon Valley’s Waldorf School. ‘That message doesn’t play as well in this part of the world.’

“‘People in this region of the world understand that the real thing is everything that’s happening around big data, AI, and that is not something that you’re going to be particularly good at because you have a cellphone in fourth grade,’ Mr. Laurent said.” (¶28-29)

“‘For a lot of kids in Antioch, those schools don’t have the resources for extracurricular activities, and their parents can’t afford nannies,’ Dr. Freed said. He said the knowledge gap around tech’s danger is enormous.” (¶34)

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