Everyone should read this long, terrifying article that appeared in yesterday’s New York Times. The article explores the use and impact of new “interactive” media on the minds and habits of today’s adolescents. While attempting to be “fair and balanced,” the picture they paint about our future is downright scary.
Here’s a money quote by one of the teenagers who was interviewed: “I know I can read a book, but then I’m up and checking Facebook,” he says, adding: “Facebook is amazing because it feels like you’re doing something and you’re not doing anything. It’s the absence of doing something, but you feel gratified anyway.”
And, here’s the summary response of a Harvard researcher whose findings indicate that young minds are today being wired with an inability to concentrate and decreasing abilities to learn: “The headline is: bring back boredom.”