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Are we Creating an Easily Distracted Generation with Short Attention Spans?

A recent Pew survey shows that many teachers are worried about student distractibility due to ongoing access to digital technology. Do you see this as a problem and, if so, how do you think we should solve it?

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Benjamin Light (not verified) wrote:

January 31, 2013 Comment #: 1

It's the third one. The big problem is that their distractions today are about a billion times more interesting than what the normal class provides.

post ads (not verified) wrote:

March 7, 2013 Comment #: 2

I agree with Benjamin here, Thanks for sharing this article.

BDM (not verified) wrote:

March 10, 2013 Comment #: 3

I agree with Benjamin. I think it's easy for adults to forget what it was like to be a child. Distractions invoke curiosity. What if we didn't think the world was more interesting outside our home than in it? What if we didn't think the shiny things that got us from point A to point B in the early 1900s were worth spending time using? tinkering with? making better? There have always been people distracted by the newest thing, the latest things, the next best thing. Yes, teach media literacy but it won't stop other distractions and disruptions from reappearing and forcing us to find other ways to deal with them. Distractions are the way to move from point A to point B in a society. We will always have them as long as we continue to evolve.

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