"DIGITAL NATIVES", THE FIRST CHILDREN TO HAVE LESS IQ THAN THEIR PARENTS: SPECIALIST

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH, 2020.-

The constant use of digital devices has influenced the low IQ.

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In recent times, to hear - in informal talks - that the constant use of digital devices can affect children is normal; However, is this true? It seems so, as detailed by neuroscientist Michel Desmurget, who claims that children considered "digital natives" are the first with lower IQ than their parents.

According to the neuroscientist, in his book "The Digital Cretin Factory" and in an interview with the BBC, electronic or digital devices are causing poor neural development in children and young people, which results in lower IQ compared to that of their parents.

Desmurget says the IQ test is constantly reviewed and researchers point out that - in different parts of the world - the coefficient increased from generation to generation, but this trend has begun to be reversed in recent times and in countries where socioeconomic factors (such as the health, school or nutrition system) have remained stable, as in Norway , Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands or France.

How does it affect the use of digital devices?

While there are other factors that can influence the decline of IQ, the use of electronic devices on a constant basis (such as television or cell phones) influences for lower cognitive development and also the number of personal interactions, which affects language development, concentration, memory and culture, neuroscientist said.

How to decrease device usage?

Michel Desmurget ensures that the use of digital tools is necessary and should be used, although recreational use should be limited, and for that children should be involved by explaining that "recreational screens" affect their development.

"Some studies have shown that it is easier for children and adolescents to follow the rules on screens when they are explained and discussed with them their raison d'e key," Michel said.

In different countries in Asia, such as China and Taiwan, the use of devices has begun to be regularized through laws, so perhaps in the not too distant future other nations seek to take the same measures.

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