Tech addiction ‘harms learning’

| 15/09/2009

(BBC): Technology addiction among young people is having a disruptive effect on their learning, researchers have warned. Their report concluded that modern gadgets worsened pupils’ spelling and concentration, encouraged plagiarism and disrupted lessons. The study of 267 pupils aged 11 to 18 found 63% felt addicted to the internet and 53% to their mobile phones. The research said technology drove a social lifestyle that involved a strong desire to keep in touch with friends. The study found 62% first used or owned a computer before the age of eight, 80% first used the internet between the ages of five and 10.

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