"Vishal has managed 43 pages of his book in two months...
On YouTube, “you can get a whole story in six minutes,” he explains.
“A book takes so long. I prefer the immediate gratification.”
Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters.
But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer,
pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.
Researchers say the lure of these technologies, while it affects adults too, is particularly powerful for young people.
The risk, they say, is that developing brains can become more easily habituated than adult brains
to constantly switching tasks — and less able to sustain attention.
“Their brains are rewarded not for staying on task but for jumping to the next thing,” said Michael Rich"