Technology: The Attention-Span Debate
There's lots of hand-wringing about kids and computers these days -- when isn't there, really? -- including a front page NYT story on Sunday (Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction) focusing on a school that's trying to limit some forms of technology like texting while encouraging others like online learning. Oh no! Kids and computers! The world will never be the same! But Virginia Heffernan offers a counter-argument in the pages of the same publication with her post about among other things how difficult it has always been to concentrate, even before computers came along (The Attention-Span Myth). Which side are you on? Team Distraction, or Team Attention?