The Truth About Tech

Belinda Parmar OBE featured on the front page of The Guardian

Our Manifesto

Technology is pretty amazing.

And by the time you read this, it’ll be even more amazing.

It was the fruit of human knowledge, but now technology is advancing human knowledge at speeds we never thought possible.

We constantly feed our brains, but we’re not very mindful of what we’re putting in them.

We categorize the food we eat as being good or bad, healthy or junk.

And it’s time we did the same with our tech.

Let’s take a good look into our screens. And at who’s behind them.

Let’s cut down on the junk, or get rid of it altogether.

Because just like there’s junk food, there’s junk tech.

And it’s every bit as dangerous and addictive.

Likes make us feel loved. Gaming makes us winners.

But we should be conscious of what we’re putting in our brains.

Seeing what’s in front of us, not what’s on our screens.

And liking things with our feelings, not just by clicking a button.

Let’s power down our devices, and power up our emotions.

Because the human intelligence that created junk tech can come up with something better, too.

Junk Tech

‘juNGk, tek/

Noun

Technology that has low intellectual and interpersonal value, typically produced in the form of packaged digital “snacks” needing little or no preparation or cognitive effort

Tech your children well.

MORE CHILDREN CAN MANOEUVRE A TABLET THEN CAN SWIM, TIE THEIR SHOE LACES, OR TELL THE TIME

Unplug to reconnect.

SNAPCHAT TURNS CONVERSATIONS INTO STREAKS, REDEFINING HOW OUR CHILDREN MEASURE FRIENDSHIP

Crack the code instead of coding the crack.

CHILDREN WHO PLAY A LOT OF VIDEO GAMES HAVE CHANGES TO THEIR BRAINS SIMILAR TO EXCESSIVE GAMBLING

(Source: Susan Greenfield neuroscientist)