In May of 2009, we learned that, despite fully knowing the dangers of doing so, most teens were still driving while texting. A new survey from AAA and Seventeen Magazine shows that, even though awareness has improved, still more teens are engaging in distracting behavior while driving. The study asked 1,999 teens (apparently unable to get just one more kid), ages 16 to 19, about the sorts of...
The latest study on the way technology affects our youth claims that too much time in front of a screen translates into trouble focusing in the classroom. According to the Des Moines Register, an Iowa State University team studied the academic performance of elementary and college students, and found that kids who sat in front of a screen for more than two hours each day were twice as likely to...
Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that some scientists are claiming our ability to focus has been affected by phone calls, tweets, e-mails, text messages and so on. According to these studies -- as well as Nicholas Carr's books and blogs -- we've become a nation that can't ignore day-to-day digital distractions to get a simple job done. Has a constant stream of information hurt...
For a student, the Internet can be a powerful productivity tool, but it's, unfortunately, a double-edged sword. Sure, you can dive in and research that paper topic you've been assigned; however, you can just as easily spend hours upon hours trolling social networking sites, watching videos on YouTube, or lost amongst any other number of today's digital distractions. It's okay. This has happened...
It's conventional wisdom at this point that cell phones are distracting, and that even simple activities like walking can become dangerous endeavors when mixed with texting. We've read, and reported on, study after study concerning cell phone users' lack of awareness, but the particulars of one such study, reported by LiveScience, stands out. One part of the study, headed by Ira Hyman, Jr. of...
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