Reading with my Gen M'ers
By kristenh on Jan 24, 2007
My mind is blank probably because I'm reading my email, watching the news, checking my phone messages, and wondering why I can't focus on writing my next blog.
Earlier tonight, during family reading time (30-45 minutes, together, silently reading books, the newspaper, or other articles) with my two kids, I read this article about Generation M. I took the article at face value, while disagreeing with some of what the researchers conclude about how much our kids won't succeed in life due to too much multitasking during their youth.
I persevered through the long article (9 clicks to read the whole thing), and was relieved that they made some solid points toward the end. Its not the fact that our kids are multitasking with their iPods in one ear, while playing video games, and attempting homework that is the problem with their achievement. Its all the things they're NOT doing (and their parents AREN'T doing) instead of multitasking that is the real problem.
I think we'll stick to our family reading time. :D