Many of you (okay, not all, so hold your flames!), but a good number of you walk around campus, plugs in your ears, eyes down at these little boxes, your fingers furiously tapping. The minute you exit a classroom, you urgently pull out your cel phones, I guess to be sure that World War III has not been declared or that your granny is still alive.
Can I just say that this urgent need to always either be sending or receiving really seems like some kind of fight or flight syndrome, and that we grownups think this is weird?
In fact, to us, it's frightening how much time you spend with gadgets. This, from the New York Times:
The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.I would argue the part about "except for the time in school." Can I tell you how many times faculty have complained about people texting during their classes? And you can't stop. No matter what kind of penalty we impose. Can you say, compulsive, addictive behavior?
So the question is, why aren't you smarter? With access to the world's knowledge on your laptop or mobile phone, and, the ability to read just about any magazine or newspaper--and now, book, while sitting in bed at 3 in the morning, why do you only read Cosmo, ESPN.com and TMZ?
How come nobody knows who Harry Reid is or the dimensions and causes of the Afghan war?
This is a question a lot of people ask me. Any answers?