More books and less screens. MICHEL DESMURGET

More books and less screens. MICHEL DESMURGET
More books and less screens. MICHEL DESMURGET

Under a context dominated by digital technology, the voice of the doctor in neuroscience Michel Desmurget resonates with urgency and clarity: “Let them read!” His latest work, “More books and fewer screens: How to put an end to digital cretins” (Editorial Península), is not only a call to action, but a treatise based on evidence on the harmful effects of screens on cognitive development. of the kids.

Desmurget reminds us of the unique importance of reading for pleasure in the learning of the youngest: «Hundreds of studies show that reading for pleasure has a unique impact on children’s cognitive learning. Promotes language, general knowledge, creativity, attention, writing, oral expression, self-understanding and empathy. “There is no more useful tool for brain development than a book.”

In his book, Desmurget bluntly addresses the disastrous effects of screens and proposes concrete solutions to prevent our children from becoming what he calls “digital cretins.”

For him, reading is the indispensable antidote: “In the face of the disastrous effects of screens, (…) he proposes an optimistic approach with concrete solutions to prevent our sons and daughters from becoming digital cretins.”

In a recent interview, Desmurget was forceful when describing the current situation: “Letting a two or three-year-old child gorge on screens is a form of abuse,” he said for the media outlet La Tercera. And, according to him, the impact goes beyond the individual, even affecting the economy of the countries: “We see that economic development, GDP, etc., depend on the average level of education and the general intelligence of the population”.

For Desmurget, the responsibility does not fall solely on parents, but also on the authorities: “It is absolutely scandalous that in Europe children can still access pornographic sites with a single click, or that they can buy hyper-violent games, such as Grand Theft Auto or “Call of Duty.”

The author highlights the deep and lasting impact that reading has on children’s brains, noting that “reading will reorganize and nourish the entire brain, not only the small area that will be used for decoding, but also the language areas, emotional areas, decision areas.

The author also makes a call to action for parents, reminding them that shared reading is essential: «There is no reader without pleasure. There must be pleasure, and without pleasure there is no reading child.

As digital technology continues its unstoppable advance, More Books and Less Screens is presented as an indispensable guide for parents, teachers and authorities, reminding us that the pleasure and usefulness of reading are inseparable.

MICHEL DESMURGET
He is a doctor in neuroscience and director of research at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research. He is the author of a vast scientific and popular work.

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