From The Washington Post By Steve Chawkins, Published: November 9
One of his memes to students was to tell them to “Make face time sacred”. Isn’t that something? Here was an academic who studied the effects of multitasking. Since his death, I’ve been reading and hearing numerous reports about how constant interaction with one’s phone can accentuate your level of ADD. And there are a few articles now reporting the possibility of cellphone usage as causing ADHD in children. Anyone remember being told, “Look at me when I talk to you,” by your parents? What’s the message a parent now gives a child when a cellphone is handed to her when she cries or he acts bored and agitated? What may cure the fidgets or cries in the moment can certainly cause a deeper problem later on like when they are a teen and they can’t be without their phone for a minute, nor put it down when in the presence of others.
“The [aforementioned] study shows that TV exposure may impair children’s theory of mind development, and this impairment may be partly responsible for disruptive social behaviors, according to the researchers.” And later: “Children with more developed theories of mind are better able to participate in social relationships. These children can engage in more sensitive, cooperative interactions with other children and are less likely to resort to aggression as a means of achieving goals.”