Teens today are big believers in multi-tasking when it comes to their lives and their technology. You’ll often see them with headphones on, texting friends on their phone while playing Xbox or watching YouTube – all while doing homework of course.
When you combine all the time teens spend on tech devices, it adds up. In a new research study, Common Sense Media reports the average teen (age 13-to-18) is plugged into some type of “entertainment media” about nine hours per day. That’s longer than the average teen is sleeping (which might help explain all those tired teens you’ve been reading about lately).
Despite protests from teens to the contrary, research is clear our brains can’t effectively do homework, learn, or perform similar tasks requiring us to concentrate while being bombarded with lots of other distractions. From James Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, (as reported by Matthew Diebel in USA Today):
“As a parent and educator, there’s clearly more work to be done around the issue of multi-tasking. Nearly two-thirds of teens today tell us they don’t think watching TV or texting while doing homework makes any difference to their ability to study and learn, even though there’s more and more research to the contrary.”
Read more about Common Sense Media’s study here.
Read more of USA Today’s coverage here.