20 March 2006

The multitasking generation [Time Magazine]

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The multitasking generation
They’re e-mailing, IMing and downloading while writing the history essay. What is all that digital juggling doing to kids’ brains and their family life?

It has become routine for kids to conduct six IM conversations, watch American Idol on TV and Google the names of last season’s finalists all at once.

But what’s the impact of this media consumption? And how are these multitasking devices changing how kids learn, reason and interact with one another?

Social scientists and educators are just beginning to tackle these questions, but the researchers already have some strong opinions.

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