Article highlights:

  • Research suggests that while the temptation to multitask may be pervasive, the ability to control it could be the real bellwether of academic success.

  • On average … 13- to 18-year-olds use more than six types of media simultaneously during out-of-school time.

  • Students … pay "continuous partial attention" to everything

  • [Students are] having difficulty concentrating deeply on anythingRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader, according to … researchers

  • Not only can people not process two tasks simultaneously, but it also takes longer to multitask than it would to do the individual tasks one after the other.

  • Frequent multitaskers [are] more easily distracted and [perform] worse on memory and attention tests than those who [prefer] to do one thing at a time.

  • "Multiple-task interference is greater in children with ADHD; it costs them more".

  • Parents and educators cannot simply remove technology and other distractions; they are too intricately woven into students’ daily lives.

  • Students should learn metacognitive skills to help them understand when and how to switch their attention between multiple tasks or technologies.

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