I think it’s fair of me to say the following: With more access to affordable digital devices, many of us struggle to attend to the person who is speaking or the device that is beeping.
While catching up on my professional reading, I ran across this article called, AGE OF DISTRACTION: WHY IT’s CRITICAL FOR STUDENTS TO LEARN TO FOCUS
As a school, we talk daily about the importance of concentration and mindful focus toward a single activity or skill. With this kind of intentional focus and practice over time, learners become more competent and demonstrate a higher achievement rate. We think it is important that all learners become aware of the need to practice this away from school where digital tools are more accessible. If you find that your children (and you as parents) are distracted by your cell phone, e-reader or other type of screen, do a self-check and then step away to focus on the person who is might be trying to converse with you.
If you want to know more about mindful practices that strengthen attention and awareness, check out Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Student Learning.
Now…turn off that screen and find someone to talk with…face to face!