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ACT Hosts an Insightful YouTube Live Session on Impact of Social Media on Adolescent Memory Retention

16th August 2023

Asian College of Teachers (ACT) organized an insightful YouTube live session titled 'Does social media affect memory retention in adolescents?' on August 7, 2023. The session featured Dr Sarmishtha Chakrabarti, a seasoned Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at Manipal Hospital, Consultant Psychiatrist at Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan and Founder Director of Insight Medical Centre, Ballygunge Place.

The session delved into the profound subject of the influence of social media on memory retention and cognitive abilities among young adults. Dr Chakrabarti provided comprehensive insights, touching upon various aspects related to the topic. Key points discussed during the session included the types of memory, information overload, the impact of social media on adolescent brain development, and the challenges of digital disconnection. Dr. Chakrabarti emphasized the significance of guiding adolescents through the digital landscape, with parents and educators playing a crucial role in creating responsible social media awareness.

The session also addressed strategies to maintain a balanced digital lifestyle, including time management, digital detoxification, and fostering digital literacy skills. Dr. Chakrabarti highlighted the importance of real-life interactions, critical learning, and book reading as essential components of memory retention and cognitive development.

Participants gained valuable insights into the detrimental effects of excessive social media use on academic achievement, attention, mental health, and physical well-being. Dr Chakrabarti's case studies underscored the urgency of responsible digital engagement among adolescents.

In her message to future educators, Dr. Chakrabarti stressed their pivotal role in guiding adolescents toward discerning right from wrong in the digital realm. The session provided a platform for engaging discussions and learning about a pertinent 21st-century issue. ACT's commitment to equipping educators with valuable skills and knowledge was evident, with Dr. Chakrabarti's expertise enriching the participants' understanding of the subject.


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