teenager multi-tasking

Multitasking Distracts Student Learning

teenager multi-taskingDistracted learning is not good learning.  Research on cognition has shown that “multitasking” impedes efficiency and accuracy, especially for complicated tasks.

New research from psychologist Larry Rosen, published this May in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, shows that most students cannot resist the siren song of social media and other digital distractions for more than a few minutes, even during dedicated homework time.

Rosen and his colleagues evaluated 263 middle, high school, and college students for 15-minute intervals of home study involving “important” schoolwork, finding that students averaged less than six minutes before succumbing to texting and media multitasking. Only 65 percent of students’ study time, on average, was devoted to schoolwork.  Can this be good for our children? Read the article here.