Welcome to my class, now turn off your phone.

22 01 2010

I remember when I was young and spent way too much time playing Zork instead of studying. Lucky for me, I couldn’t bring my Apple IIe into class with me. Kids today, on the other hand, never have to walk away:

The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Those ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day with such devices, compared with less than six and a half hours five years ago, when the study was last conducted. And that does not count the hour and a half that youths spend texting, or the half-hour they talk on their cellphones.

And because so many of them are multitasking — say, surfing the Internet while listening to music — they pack on average nearly 11 hours of media content into that seven and a half hours.

While I guess this should make me fear for the future of the world, all I can think of is how much harder it’s going to be to get tomorrow’s college students to keep away from their phones while I’m trying to lecture.

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