Can Şişman / Milliyet.com.tr – The world has gone through the digital transformation with the pandemic. In this time where digitization with work-from-home system is becoming more and more important, now we have a new problem like digital addiction. Digital addiction has reached considerable proportions, especially for Generation Z, who grew up with technology.
Pointing out that digital addiction may become a lifestyle in the future, experts one by one warn to be careful. So how do you fight digital addiction? Are the Stars of the Digital World Today’s Biggest Advertisers? Have digital platforms become a culture war between countries? object Kastamonu University Faculty of Education Lecturer Assoc. DR. Tunay Kamer and Digital consultant Orhan Toker, known for his social media posts from his account “Digital Baba”. we talked to
“GROWN BY MORE THAN 10 PERCENT IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS”
associate DR Tunay Kamer said that due to the closures in the early days of the pandemic, digital tools are now at the center of our lives. “Global social media users have grown by more than 10 percent over the past 12 months, with 424 million new users expected to use social media in 2021. This growth is increasing day by day.“, said Associate Professor Dr. Kamer, emphasizing that digital addiction will manifest itself very strongly in the social arena in the near future, both as a clinical, sociological and political problem. Assoc.There has been a significant increase in the usage rate, especially among young people. In adults, even in severe cases, there is an addiction. The usage time of smart devices increases even further as adults follow cryptocurrency exchanges‘ he said.
“The greater the separation between parent-child bonds in families, the greater the digital addiction.“Digital consultant Orhan Toker said that families who have had good relationships with their children during the pandemic are well protected against this danger, but the children of mothers and fathers who saw their children as surplus were caught in the digital grip Addiction.” Toker pointed out that the number of factors trying to lead children into addiction is increasing by the day.
What should individuals pay attention to in the fight against digital addiction? Is digital addiction a problem that we can deal with individually? associate DR. Tunay Kamer warned not to use digital platforms as a tool and make it a goal:
“Very simple behaviors that are easy to implement are: using a watch or wall clock, turning off the notification functions of our smart devices and social media channels, deleting applications that we don’t use or rarely use, not using digital devices when charging, a charging corner for Creating devices outside of the living room… When everyone in the house makes decisions about the use of digital devices together and sticks to those decisions, it’s easier for them to break the addiction. “
Orhan Toker said that the first step can be taken with clocks without technology or places without technology. Toker’s suggestion is as follows: “For example, a family may choose to stay away from technology before a meal. After the meal, each family member can have an hour of technology time. A film or documentary can then be viewed.” together. Likewise, in the house they can go to the kitchen, to the toilet and not enter the bedrooms with a phone or tablet. It is also possible for us to control our daily usage times by setting up the counter in the digital health application on our phones and tablets.”
BEWARE IF WATCHING YOUTUBE OR TIKTOK WHILE EATING!
In the ’90s, kids who ate in front of the TV were replaced by kids who fed themselves while watching Youtube and TikTok. So are YouTube and TikTok more dangerous than television when it comes to “parental controls”? Are we unknowingly putting our kids in grave danger with access to YouTube and TikTok? associate Dr. Tunay Kamer said he agreed with this view. associate Dr. Kamer explained the reason for this: “Because with televisions there is at least one content control. Unfortunately, there is no content control on social media channels. Keywords here are content and control. As long as parents can balance content and control, children will be less affected by the negative aspects of social media,” he explained.
Orhan Toker pointed out that Youtube and TikTok actually serve as “pacifiers” that silence children, not just food. Toker said: “Feeding children in the presence of these channels will lead to dangerous situations in the future. For example, children who watch Youtube and TikTok automatically feel like eating, which invites health problems like obesity.‘ he warned.
HOW SHOULD AGENTS BE MANAGED?
Youtube and TikTok primarily determine the trends among young people. Now we have a picture in front of us as if something is trending that depends entirely on these platforms. Terms such as “being a trend” or “picking up on the trend” are particularly important for young people. associate Dr. Tunay Kamer said that today’s young people feed on social media and he regrets this situation. “When that situation is in puberty, the tendency to show yourself by doing more than your friend is very big,” he said. associate Dr. Kamer said that the most important behavior in this regard is to strengthen parent-child communication. associate Dr. Kamer said, “Many problems can be overcome with the right communication.”
At this point, Orhan Toker drew attention to the importance of the parent-child relationship and continued his words as follows:
“In this age, we need to understand them better and spend more time with them so they aren’t negatively impacted by these trends. You won’t necessarily want to spend time with us first. However, you won’t want to spend time with us first. But they can find our common interests and go on a journey together.” It is very important to go to the singers’ concert and even to the arcades together and accompany them. At this point, if parents don’t know how to communicate with their children, they can also benefit from various books.”
“IT CAN CHANGE COMPLETELY IN 10 YEARS”
So how can digital addiction shape future generations? For example, what kind of habits in our social life can be fully digitized in the next 10 years? associate DR. Tunay Kamer said, “Whatever happens in real life, it all happens in digital media.” Assoc. DR. Kamer said: “There is a reality called influencers that is a product of digital culture. However, behind these people are serious teams and Influencers need professional support when creating their content“He said. Assoc.
Orhan Toker warned that digital addiction will profoundly affect our social life and that it could radically change the way children are socialized in the next 10 years. tocker,”Children can only perceive socialization in computer games and even the metaverse, and they may prefer the virtual world to going out into the fresh air or meeting in real-world settings. Likewise, many ways of doing business have already started to change with work from home, and that change will continue. The most dangerous thing that awaits us is the complete digitization of socialization and the disappearance of real social relationships.‘ he said.
“FAR EAST COUNTRIES ARE SUCCESSFUL”
Global interest in Far Eastern countries, especially South Korea and Japan, has become much more noticeable with the spread of social media channels. Exploding K-Pop stars on TikTok from China, breaking records, especially South Korean Youtubers on Youtube with their eating videos called “Mukbang”, make Far Eastern dishes trendier. Can we say that the stars created by the digital world are today’s biggest advertisers? associate DR. Tunay Kamer reminded that today influencers are starting to turn into stars and they are making a significant income by using advertising in their content according to the number of followers. “In fact, these people are seen as ambassadors of their own culture and they can work that way,” Assoc said. Dr. Kamer said that the wind created by the stars of the digital world consists of a temporary current.It’s just a matter of fashion. It disappears from our lives after a few days or weeks.He stressed that the digital world inherently has a very flexible structure, and associate professor Dr Kamer said: “We live in a world where ‘liquids dominate’, to use the words of the Polish sociologist and philosopher Zygmunt to say Bauman. Everything flows. It is such a flow that consistency is not required. These structures created by the digital world internalize this fluidity so seriously that they can adapt to any new development.”
Orhan Toker pointed out that Far Eastern countries such as China, South Korea and Japan are using digital channels very effectively. “Countries like China, South Korea and Japan are making great efforts to dominate their own cultures against other world cultures and create a cultural invasion. After the cultural invasion, the aim is to market the essentials of culture, particularly to children and young people. You are doing very well. Countries that don’t want to be invaded by culture should use the same methods they do to protect their own culture,” he said.
“THIS SITUATION CAN CHANGE FOR TURKEY”
Which digital world are we in right now? Is it too early to say “digital platforms have turned into a culture war between countries” or has the culture war already begun? Where does Turkey stand in this culture war? Orhan Toker said he agrees with the comment that digital platforms have become a culture war between countries today. Noting that countries in the Far East like China, South Korea and Japan seem to be ahead in the culture clash, Toker said that Scandinavian countries in particular are also doing well in addictive computer games. tocker,”We must use similar tactics to protect our own culture with the same weapon.‘ he said.
associate DR. Tunay Kamer is also of the opinion that this culture war has not exactly won a winner. Assoc explains why. DR. Kamer said: “Unfortunately, since our country is a little behind in producing digital technology, we can only convey this culture through series. However I think that this situation will change in Turkey’s favor in the future due to activities such as artificial intelligence studies, digital game production and technology movements that have recently attracted attention in our country.‘ he said.