Generation Y, Social Media and Critical Thinking

Notes Asia

Originally published at on 31st October 2014

Today’s youth are spending increasing amounts of time communicating and interacting online. Parents and teachers often bemoan the younger generations’ addiction to social media. It is frequently considered a waste of time, but is this time spent online really wasted? Could students actually be benefitting from Facebook, Line and Twitter?

Well there is an argument that the time students spend using Facebook is actually time invested in the development of the higher level thinking skills which they will need to succeed in our future society.

Today’s high school students, Generation Y, are the first generation to grow up in a world where smartphones and the internet are as commonplace as colour TVs and refrigerators. They inhabit a world very different to the one that previous generations grew up in. Furthermore, the skills young people need to navigate and succeed in this environment…

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