Apr 20, 2013 9:50AM

Is this really a revelation?  What do people think is happening in public schools across America at the middle and high school level?  I teach at a high school and the students are apathetic when it comes to doing their wok and all about being social, using their phones and ipods with ear buds in their ears all day long.  Then you have the government saying it's the teachers fault these non-caring idiots can't pass a test, read or do math!  Why don't you help teachers out and do what New York has done for the whole country, make electronic devices illegal to have at schools.  Then these media morons might actually pay attention and learn something about what it's going to take to make a living in this world.  Texting, surfing the web and listening to music is not going to help these people find a job and will probably lead to their dismissal from many meaningless jobs.

Apr 20, 2013 10:01AM
the electronic revolution is out of control.  Students distracted, drivers texting, people everywhere on their phones talking about inane crap.  Hold people accountable i.e. if your school work isn't done you fail, if your driving and texting/talking you get a ticket like the seatbelt rule.  We are becoming a nation of self indulgent clueless jerks.
Apr 20, 2013 5:45AM
Just what teachers need, another job; one of reminding adult students to do their school work.  They are given the work, they know when it is due.  It is there responsibility to get it done. Why are these students not using their gadgets and social media to remind themselves that their school work is due?  Why should college students be treated like primary school kids when they want to be treated like adults?  Take away the alcohol, drugs and gadgets and tell them to get the freakn **** home and do their school work and if they don't, they will fail the class.
Apr 20, 2013 10:26AM
has an impact on the workplace as well.  a female co-worker in her mid-20's spends considerable time daily surfing the web for clothing, facebooks and tweets on her phone, and talks to relatives.  even to the point of asking others to help her complete tasks.  unacceptable to be sure...
Apr 20, 2013 1:00PM

This is a much deeper problem than what happens in college.

We are graduating illiterates from our primary and secondary schools. Most Americans read at an 8th grade level. Despite spending more on education than any other nation, other than Switzerland, we rank in the bottom half of other OECD nations in math, science and reading.

Most high school graduates can't use--there, their and they're--correctly in a sentence. Ask a senior in high school to calculate 40% of 330 without a calculator, and their head starts spinning. Only one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. But more than half can name at least two members of the Simpson's cartoon family.

When we have to have remedial reading classes for college students the problem with education is much more significant than how social media affects them.

The 21st century will require Americans to be competitive in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The days of the unskilled, illiterate, high school graduate just walzing into some factory job and making a reasonable living are gone. Most remedial jobs have been lost to technology, innovation, automation and decentralization. Outsourcing and offshoring, both to and from our shores, will continue despite some peoples objections. There are 7 billion people on this planet now and they all have a right to work, make a living and support themselves as much as we do.

Unless we improve our primary and secondary government run public school system we will continue to fall behind other emerging economies. It's time we completely reform our current public education system. If not, Americans won't have much else to do than to play on their iPhones as they wallow in unemployment for years as the rest of the world passes us by.

Apr 20, 2013 11:43AM
Anywhere you go in this society you see people playing with their stupid phones. It's the typical "out of control" American society. It can't, and won't, be stopped by anyone; it will just give way to the next addiction.
Apr 20, 2013 12:29PM
NO, really ? What was the first clue ? Maybe some idiot will get $ 500,000 to make an in-depth study of the problem.
It started in grade school at a very young age. Look around at kids as young as 8-9 years of age, they all have phones and handheld gadgets of other varieties. Everything including academics and quality family time is suffering because of it. Parents are all too happy to keep them in gadgets in return for not having to truly "parent" kids. It's both  pathetic and ridiculous.
Apr 20, 2013 12:00PM
College females may be the #1 suffers when it comes to social media, but others suffer as well.

My son is 16. He have never been in trouble, been suspended, or ditched school...until now.

 His high school is very sports oriented. If one of the football players gets in trouble, it gets covered up by the school. If ANY sports player gets in trouble, it is covered up by the school.

The unfortunate thing about this school is that a lot of the kids that go there are well off. Their parents are doctors, nurses, lawyers and we have a lot of engineers as well. I live in a university town that has a large engineering department, and there are a lot of engineering type jobs around here. Not many graduates leave the area.

Social media has nearly ruined his life. My son wanted to be one the football team, no matter how long he was on the bench. He wanted to be a part of something. Something big and important. Can you blame him? He's a teenager. He just wanted to belong.

When my son was unable to play due to a medical issue that required very minor surgery and a recovery time of less than a week, the coach refused to let him back in. He took away his gear, IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE TEAM. That is when the trouble started.

He was bullied nearly 24 hours a day on social media. "Hey! We are holding a spot on our team for you!" "When you coming back? We miss you.", etc. He thought they were sincere, and came back to practice. When the coach saw him, he embarrassed him in front of the whole team.  He reminded my son that he had kicked him off the team and was not welcomed back.

The bullying worsened. "Haha! I can't believe you fell for that!" "You are such a ****!" "I can't believe you really thought you were good enough to be on our team!" Not to mention the worst ones. "If you even come back, I will kill you. If you ever come back, I will kill your whole family and burn your house to the ground."

Once this proof was submitted to the school, the football players were given a slap on the hand and sent on their way. Now that they know they can get away with it, the bullying continued. We reported this to the school community police officer, a true city police officer, and she brushed it off. "It's just kids being kids", she said. "It' will stop eventually."

My son's GPA fell to 0.8. We had to send him to the alternative high school to help him escape the bullying. We do not regret this decision at all. He is now back to being a 3.5 GPA student. He closed his Facebook and did not start another. He has a few select friends, true friends, that he can trust. We are comfortable with his group of friends. We, naturally, are trying to help him be conscience of his choices, but not being insistent to do things exactly how we want him to.

Our son is healthier and happier. We are so glad to have our son back.

Apr 20, 2013 5:04PM
The article neglected to mention high schools, and I can unequivocally, without a doubt say that it is a constant distraction and black hole for kids completing homework assignment.  I have first hand experience with it. 

The immediate gratification, instant communication obsession causes a constant interruption in the ability to focus and stay on task.
Apr 20, 2013 3:46PM
I am reminded of an older experiment wherein a rat has to choose between a lever that will give him food or a lever that will stimulate his brain in a way similar to an orgasm.  The poor rat dies.
Apr 20, 2013 8:05PM
No worries. We need people to pick up the garbage, sweep the streets and do many other useful things. These things, unlike science and engineering, can be learned from the internet. It is just another way se separate valuable individuals from average or below average people. The Tweeter and Face-book people can join the "occupier" movement, protesting against the cruel society, which doesn't create "equal opportunities" for all idiots!
Apr 20, 2013 4:23PM
someone...you beat me to it...ummmm double DUH!!!!!
Apr 20, 2013 7:04PM

Social media is not the problem. It is the individual who is unable to see that school comes before Facebook or text messages that is the problem. Individual responsibility, something the majority of this country is clueless about. You see it on TV all the time, the commercials about lawyers begging you to sue somebody because you stupidly trip over a rug at the workplace, or etc. Or the video game industry taking criticism because the parents of children who buy their children violent games decide to blame the video games when the child does something violent rather than blame their idiotic child whose parents never taught them right or wrong. Or here's another one; parents wanting to ban Harry Potter (or Twilight, but I'd be all for banning Twilight) books from schools because it might cause their kids to try sorcery.


I think the real problem might be the issue with drugs. Marijuana specifically. There is a reason it is illegal and should remain illegal. It turns normally smart individuals into dimwitted morons. And yet the government is trying to legalize it, for whatever stupid reason. Colorado for example.

Apr 20, 2013 8:05PM
Apr 20, 2013 5:22PM
I definitely believe that misuse of technology is a problem in our society. However, 500 women at only one university in a country like the USA is not enough to make a generalized conclusion, much less publicize it as one. 
Apr 20, 2013 5:28PM
For some it is a distraction, especially when reading.  I wonder if same study was done to middle schoolers what would their findings be?  The grandkids text and are continually texted to the point that it is difficult to talk to them without their phones buzzing.  But all A's and 1 B for the twins doesn't seem to hold true for them.  Not all of their friends fared as well though which I attribute to the difference of kids anyway.  Texts and such are the 'multitasking' of the young.  The kids still eat very well, exercise well, meet their friends socially, are active in school programs, and still have time to spend time with 3 households.  They're happpy, smart and if they want to have the social umbilical cord of a phone, so be it, it's safer when out and about toro CALL, text, or GPS them.
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