Phones are like sugar and we all get fat

A tremendous amount of attention has been paid to an article, which appeared recently in the New York Times, about how American kids are stepping up their use of digital devices. I’ve been following studies and reports on the effects of digital devices on cognitive development for some time. The following quote reveals that the real thesis is about behaviour and it’s effects vs. any effects that proper use of these devices might have a students ability to learn.

Allison Miller, 14, sends and receives 27,000 texts in a month, her fingers clicking at a blistering pace as she carries on as many as seven text conversations at a time. She texts between classes, at the moment soccer practice ends, while being driven to and from school and, often, while studying. But this proficiency comes at a cost: She blames multitasking for the three B’s on her recent progress report. “I’ll be reading a book for homework and I’ll get a text message and pause my reading and put down the book, pick up the phone to reply to the text message, and then 20 minutes later realize, ‘Oh, I forgot to do my homework.’

Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction
See also:
Disconnecting from Distraction
And iPhone Makes Three: Marriage In The Digital Age
People multitasking with their mobile phones
Cell Phone Culture
Mobile devices and sociability
5 Easy Steps to Breaking Your Cell Phone Addiction
The Impact of Constant Connectivity