Is Social Media Making Students Dumb?
16, December, 2010 Leave a comment
I just read this interesting article about how social media and cellphones could be making students dumb!
It cites some examples from a recent report about how growing up digital could be wiring young people up for distraction.
- 14-year-old girl sends and receives 27,000 text messages a month. The girl texts every spare moment she can. Yet believe it or not, sometimes she “forgets” to do her homework.
- David Reilly, a high school principal in California, moved the start of classes to 9 a.m. Reason: Too many students coming into school “bleary-eyed” from texting and surfing the Web all night.
- 17-year-old student spends hours every day playing video games and surfing social media sites. His teachers think he’s gifted. Yet he’s carrying a 2.3 grade point average. Instead of finishing the short novel “Cat’s Cradle” this past summer, he read Facebook.
Is technology and social media breeding a generation of restless students with short attention spans and abilities that at best can be for superficial analysis?
What do you think? Do share your views.