Saturday, June 18, 2016
I have often talked on this blog about humans' limited attention, and how students must focus their attention on the learning task to learn properly. In particular, I have mentioned that surfing the internet or texting during class causes students to miss most of what is going on in class. As this article demonstrates, cell phones can have even more serious consequences.
Our Cell Phones Are Killing Us by Maureen Callahan.
"According to the CDC, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 are injured each day in the US by distracted driving. Texting while driving is now the leading cause of teenage deaths in this country. Anecdotally, emergency rooms are seeing an uptick of injuries to “petextrians” — people who text while walking and have, say: run into a 300-pound bear (California, 2012), fallen into a fountain at the mall (Pennsylvania, 2011), or fallen on to train tracks (Pennsylvania, 2012)."