Growing Up Digital
Lately, kids of all ages, usually teens, have been choosing to be on Facebook instead of doing homework. Growing up Digital, an article by Matt Richtel, proves this point very well.Kids around age 11+, have been connected to computers and gaming devices 24/7. This leads to not being able you focus on academics and education. Richtel explains in this article how kids are unable to focus because of technology.
First, Kids cannot focus on school because of technology. Some kids spend more time everyday on Facebook or their cellphones than they have been doing homework. A 14-year-old named Allison Miller admitted “I’ll be doing my homework, and I'll get a text message and pause my reading and pick up the phone to respond to the text message.Then 20 minutes later, I’ll realize,’Oh, I forgot to do my homework’”(Richtel,2).Allison has been getting lower grades because of this. She is unable to focus on homework because she is constantly being interrupted by text messages and Facebook updates. Ultimately, this proves why kids are unable to focus because of technology.
Secondly, kids with constant access to electronic devices, are unprioritized. Recently, kids have had constant access to their phones and the computer. They have been putting the stimulation of the computer in front of homework and rest. “...studies suggest that the brain need periods of rest to absorb information and make connections between ideas.”(Richtel,3).some kids even post updates on Facebook at 2 in the morning on school nights.The brain needs rest to be able to focus and prioritize. Above all, kids’ brains need rest in order to perform better.
Growing Up Digital talks about kids that cannot focus because of technology and are unprioritized. These are only some of the items that Growing Up Digital explains.