New Study Suggests Technology Is Causing Lower Test Scores and Attention Span


We will understand if you have to text while you read this because now we know that is the norm.

Two new studies suggest that because we are so distracted by our iPads, laptops, cell phones, and other gadgets we’re losing brain power.  The distraction of a ping, bleep, or fancy ringtone has caused people to score 20 percent lower on a standard cognition test.  The second study showed that some of the most disciplined students, couldn’t go two minutes “without distracting themselves by using social media or writing an email”, according to MSNBC.

Many professors have given valuable advice to their students about multi-tasking.  If you’re juggling too many balls in the air it is a near certainty that all things will suffer and none of your projects will   Many should already be aware that mixing mental actions with mental actions is not going to work out. But you can usually mix physical skills with mental ability and be successful.

The report gives a great example.

“If you are good at folding laundry, you can probably fold laundry and watch TV at the same time…”

For the first study, Alessandro Acquisti and Eyal Peer at Carnegie Mellon University’s Human Computer Interaction lab put together distractions for a control group of 136 college students as they took a standard test of cognitive abilities.  Those that were interrupted answered correctly 20 percent less than those who weren’t.

The second study was conducted by Larry Rosen, a professor at California State University-Dominguez Hills, and he used a group of 263 students that were followed into their normal study environments.  But even while knowing they were watched, at the two-minute mark, they were back to texting, e-mailing, or some other distraction. The research showed that only 65 percent of the time was used on schoolwork.

Read more here…after you return that text.

-J.C. Brooks

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