Learning to focus on one task while tuning out the many distractions vying for attention is a crucial life skill that some students are missing.
While being ‘tech literate’ is essential, we also need to explicitly provide times for prolonged concentration, without the distraction of technology. This article links the ability to focus consistently with behaviour and the ability of people to regulate their emotions.
As a library professional whose main goal is to encourage reading, I believe this article supports the necessity of valuing periods of ‘tech free’ sustained reading opportunities.
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