A Visual Guide To Slowing Down The Distracted Generation

I’m guilty. And I’m definitely too old to be considered part of the ‘distracted generation’. I didn’t grow up with a device in hand at all times, hopping from shiny thing to shiny thing on the internet. I use tools to help keep me from being distracted online. Distractions are all around with technology, and connecting with distracted students can sometimes be difficult. The handy infographic below takes a look at some statistics on reading vs. device use and offers some suggestions to help our students of the ‘distracted generation’ slow down a bit. Keep reading to learn more!

The Distracted Generation

  • Reading is in decline – 48% of adults read for pleasure, but only 33% of college students do
  • The percentage of Americans who read the paper has declined in the past 10 years from 41% to 23%
  • 43% of American adults read at below the ‘basic’ level
  • SAT scores are the lowest in three decades

What Can You Do?

  • Create a passion for the written word
  • Read with them
  • Make books available
  • You should read too- give them an example
  • Give them tools to succeed
  • e-readers are convenient and may be more familiar to them than a book – but it is still reading!
  • Make reading fun


1 Comment

  1. Mackenzie

    May 16, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I completely agree! While there are goods and bads to technology, one thing we know for sure is that it has changed the way that we read. I would suggest that we encourage open conversation with our students so that we understand what is important to them. I responded to this post!