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Mellissa Zoerhof

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Transcript of Balance

What Are Digital Distractions?
Digital Distractions:
The use of devices in the classroom for non-class purposes is on the rise. A new report explores some of the reasons why.
Digital Distractions Prohibit Learning
- Social Media, Video Games, YouTube Videos are all digital distractions that inhibit learning from happening.

- It is impossible to multi-task on school work and with these digital distractions happening.
Did you know...
of class time on laptops, smartphones and tablets, even though they admit such behavior can harm their grades, a new report found.

The average student uses those devices for “
nonclass purposes
” -- in other words, texting, emailing, video games and using social media instead of school purposes.
Finding Balance With Digital Distractions
Adapted from 'Inside Higher Ed" By Carl Straumsheim
January 26, 2016
What happens to a distracted brain?
Digital Distractions can lead to an addiction to technology...
Technology Addiction

Adapted from: http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/technology-addiction/
School aged students are now spend an enormous—and growing—amount of time plugged-in and screen-centered with non-school technology outlets/

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, young people aged 8 to 18 spend 7.5 hours a day consuming media—and that doesn’t count computer use for schoolwork.

Thanks to "multitasking" (think listening to music while reading news articles or checking Facebook while watching TV) they pack 10 hours and 45 minutes of media content into that 7.5 hours and our generation is now feeling like we can't live with out this connected time.
A 2011 report from market research firm NPD Group states that 91% of American youngsters between the ages of 2 and 17 play video games.

Kaiser Family Foundation surveys indicate that the average amount of time spent playing video games is
one hour and thirteen minutes
per day. This is non-school related digital time.

Digital Distraction

Technology is everywhere! It can be hard to put down the phone or turn off the laptop. But spending too much time with digital devices (especially on non-school related things, can be harmful!
From digitalresponsibility.org
Digital Distraction Affect In-Person Relationships

Technology overpowering your time and energy can take its toll on relationships. We’ve all shaken our heads at families who go out to dinner only to huddle over their phones in silence instead of talking to each other. The same applies to being distracted by non-school technology while trying to learn.

A large number of us have probably also been the culprits, as the lure of mobile technology becomes harder and harder to resist. How is technology affecting our face-to-face relationships and responsibilities?
Did you know...
We’re used to hearing parents complain about tech-addicted teens, but teens are also frustrated with their tech-dependent parents. According to a Common Sense Media study, 28% of teens say their parents are “
” to their mobile devices, and 21% wish their parents would spend less time glued to their phones or other devices. What are your thoughts about this?
Multi-Tasking Doesn't Work
Technology makes multitasking so tempting and so common that it often feels necessary. As a result, the ability to multitask is thought to be a modern-day superpower. After all, it seems obvious that doing more than one thing at once would boost productivity. However, research on multitasking suggests that it can actually work
us and prohibit quality work from being completed!
As MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller explained in an interview with NPR, most people are actually quickly shifting their attention from one task to another when they think they are doing two or three or eight things at once. That constant change of focus
makes our brain less functional,
not more. We can all admit to ourselves, of course, that bouncing between Facebook and Reddit while trying to complete assignments is a productivity-killing distraction.

So What Does all of this mean?

Well, it is time to do some self-reflection...
How does the information you learned about today apply to you?
What goals do you have for yourself when it comes to digital distractions?
What healthy habits are you going to try and grow as a learner?
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