Friday, March 9, 2018

Technology and Youth: A Brighter Quest


We’re at a critical juncture in our children's relationship with technology. Time spent with technology can distract them, sap their attention and disconnect them from what makes us uniquely human -- or it can be used to support their health, well-being and productivity.

This was the takeaway from GENYOUth's Inaugural Youth Survey on Trends in Health and Wellness, co-presented by Thrive Global to middle schoolers and high schoolers across the nation. The survey's goal was simple: to begin to understand how young people use technology to support their health and well-being.

The good news is that the vast majority of today's youth care about their own health and well-being, feel responsible for it and want to do more to take charge of it. The bad news is that technology isn't doing all it’s capable of to boost the health and wellness of this tech-obsessed generation. This presents a challenge and an opportunity to the tech world -- bring young people into the process so technology can be used to support their well-being and truly add value to their lives.

...As we know from our survey, young people are already taking responsibility for their health, and they also want technology that supports them in taking control of their own well-being. But what our survey also shows is that this can't be done without broadening the conversation and welcoming the input of young people themselves. These kids are eager to talk to us about what they like, what they need to have a healthier relationship with technology, and how they feel technology can be improved to enhance their own lives.
---From Thrive Global

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