Distractions Speak Louder Than Words

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  • The average human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000, or around the time the mobile revolution began, to eight seconds.
  • Three quarters of eighteen-to-twenty-four-year-olds say that they reach for their phones immediately upon waking up in the morning.
  • Once out of bed, we check our phones 221 times a day—an average of every 4.3 minutes—according to a UK study. 
  • Nearly half of eighteen-to-twenty-nine-year-olds said they used their phones to “avoid others around you.”
  • A 2012 study from the University of Essex demonstrated that merely having a cell phone visible in the room—even if no one checked it—made people less likely to develop a sense of intimacy and empathetic understanding during meaningful conversations.
  • Fifty-four percent of “Digital Natives” (people who were born in the age of the internet) agree with the statement, “I prefer texting people rather than talking to them.”
  • 28% of teens say their parents are “addicted” to their mobile devices, and 21% wish their parents would spend less time glued to their phones or other devices.
  • A University of Nebraska study concludes that, on average, students spent 20 percent of their classroom time using digital devices for activities unrelated to class – mostly text messaging but also e-mailing, web-surfing, checking social media and even playing games.
  • Nearly 30 percent believed they could use their digital devices without distracting from their learning. More than one-fourth said it was their choice to use a digital device when they wanted. Nearly 13 percent said the benefits of using digital devices for non-class purposes outweighed the classroom distractions they caused. More than 11 percent of the respondents said they couldn’t stop themselves from using digital devices.