William Sieglein

Web X.0 – Should We be Scared?

I sit and watch my 16 year-old son texting on his phone while messaging on the computer while watching television and apparently trying to do some homework. I’m a nervous wreck after about 15 minutes of watching it all happen at once. Finally I’ve had it. “Stop!” I tell him. “There’s no way you can be getting anything done. Put everything away and focus on your homework.” I tell him.

I see all of your heads nodding with me. I’m sure many of you have teen-aged children who are multi-tasking much like my son. The scary part is that they seem to be able to handle it. I have fears that all this technology with its immediate response nature is turning the next generation of workers into a bunch of A.D.D. types who can’t focus for more than a few minutes on any, one thing.

I have been told that there are studies that prove, in fact, these kids are pretty productive when given an objective (What to do) but not told How to do it. I think I’m a little bit old fashioned and like to do only 1 or 2 things at once. My brain is just not wired that way. When my 3 kids and wife are all talking at once and the television is on I can barely survive. And yet, this next generation seems to thrive on such controlled chaos.

One Comment

  1. Dave Jul 7, 2009 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Great post…as a Reformed Luddite I can see both sides of the argument.

    Have you written a follow-up to this post?

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