Random (Digital) Thoughts February 24, 2006Posted by Matsu in Random.
After reading a recent post by Pedro Pinheiro, my European counterpart (aka Matsu Europe) about Mind Hacks, I was reminded of the writings of Marc Prensky. If you haven’t read them, you should head over there and at least read ‘Digital Immigrants, Digital Natives.’
Besides coining the terms, digital natives and digital immigrants, Marc Prensky argues that the brains of people who grow up in an all digital world form differently than people who grew up before today’s world of ubiquitous access to the Internet and video games. That theory lends credibility to the nurture side of the nurture vs. nature question in biology.
Are we the way we are because of genetic makeup or is it because of the environment in which we were raised? While many people agree that it’s both, Prensky, I think, leans more heavily towards the argument that environment and stimulation from digital devices makes all the difference when it comes to the development of the brain.