PHSE on Screen Dependency

London A71

Screen dependency is becoming an increasingly problematic issue. With more companies retailing and distributing electronic devices throughout the world, there is now a question as to whether or not such developments are entirely positive or whether they are contributing to an increasing loss of reality. Recently, Dr Aric Sigman was invited to hold a presentation at MPW that addresses this particular debate.

On October 17th, during the last week before half term, the lower-sixth students of MPW were asked to view a presentation by Dr Aric Sigman about Screen Dependency. The presentation aimed to encourage students to manage the time they spend online constructively. 

Dr Aric Sigman is an important figure in his field. With a BSc in psychology and an MA in the neurophysiological basis of behaviour, he works independently in health education and often lectures at renowned medical schools such as UCL. He is a chartered biologist and member of the British Psychological Society and provided a very interesting perspective to the audience, often including the students by asking them to question certain scenarios. 

The presentation included a line of interesting topics ranging from an explanation of the dangers of screen dependency to overcoming the addiction. Increasingly, screens have become a vital part of our existence, controlling our social lives, personal information and understanding of the world. Even very young children often possess an iPhone or iPad as an accepted fact within society. Dr. Sigman not only discussed the negative aspects of this, he also provided a partial solution to the problem; that we should manage our time more productively and track how long we spend online. This we can do by setting ourselves reminders, partaking in other activities like athletics and going out with friends. 

It was a thought provoking presentation, and Dr Sigman's enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject conveyed how important it is to be aware of the consequences of today's developments. Certainly, there are great benefits to modern technology; global communication has been revolutionised, and what seemed impossible just fifty years ago has become a reality. It is definitely important to be connected online, as there are not only infinite amounts of resources on the internet, but relationships continue to thrive due to the endless benefits social networking has provided. 

Tabea Cox

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